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Topic : 03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

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Created on : Friday, March 23, 2007, 10:07:43 am
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With reality TV and the virtual worlds of MySpace and YouTube, becoming an instant star is easier than ever. But to what lengths will some people go for fortune and fame? Two producers, Michael and Perry, attempt to find out in their new documentary, American Cannibal. Many contestants say they would eat a finger, cut off a toe and even starve themselves to death just to get their 15 minutes of fame! Then, Brian is so desperate for a rich-and-famous lifestyle that he’s willing to give up his virginity on national TV. Brian says losing his innocence for millions is a good career move, but what happens if he doesn’t make the cut on the show? And, Somaya insists that self-promotion on the Internet has made her a celebrity who attends red carpet events. Her best friend, Alysia, says using the Web for publicity is so dangerous, it even garnered Somaya a stalker! Is Alysia really concerned for her friend, or is she just jealous? Plus, Sam, an unforgettable contestant on the reality show The Apprentice, reveals for the first time how he hit rock bottom chasing the celebrity dream. Share your thoughts, join the discussion.

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March 27, 2007, 12:03 pm CDT

Trend is Alarming

While it is true that there has always been an element in human society that revels in violence or  superficial pursuits, the mass appeal of this kind of pointless existence is alarming.  What is the point of being famous if you haven't done anything? Wanting to be famous just to be famous, and doing something stupid or exploitive to get there is pathetic.  Are these people so shallow and insecure that fame is the only thing they can imagine is a worthwhile goal? 


Lose your virginity on national TV?  Let's add that up and see what it really is.  You would be providing titilation and sexual gratification to voyeuristic strangers in exchange for some sort of currency.  Sounds like prostitution/pornography to me.  And don't give me any BS about being a prude. One need not be a prude to find the idea of screwing a stranger on TV for profit to be degrading.  As to the producer who is crying about not being able to get past his reputation because he'd done porno in the past - a big DUH to you buddy.  You're trying to sell a show based on the concept of exploiting a virgin's first sexual experience.  It's no different that the sleeze you used to produce.  If you want to repair your reputation and achieve the things you say you want, you are going to have to get some integrity. 


Here's a radical thought for all of you fame hounds - why don't you try, um, EARNING fame by actually doing something significant, something that requires talent, effort, time, maybe a little thought.  Build, create, enhance society instead of puling about becoming famous so you don't have to get a real job.  Contribute something to this world.  Anyone can be famous if they do something sensational enough.  Murderers get their mugs on TV - wow, what an accomplishment.   Surely you can aspire to more than that.

March 27, 2007, 12:06 pm CDT

My thoughts exactly

Quote From: gwarrior6

That reminds me of the movie, the Running Man with Arnold Schwartzenegger plays a convict that plays this survival game on national TV.  I think it was based on The Long Walk, by Stephen King, or was written by him.


Like ohdang said, this is nothing new, we've been amused by gruesome things since before the Roman empire.  Strange how entertainment evolves and saturates our lives.  I think we are so desensitized to what is entertaining that we need more and more shock to entertain us in this age of "lets not censor anything" in the name of freedom of speech.  Although, then what is left to entertain us?    I agree that we should be able to vent our spleens if we choose to, but why do we have to resort to the outrageous to be entertained?  Hmm...

When I saw the responses (I haven't seen the show yet)  I was instantly reminded of the movie "The Running Man".  I opined to my husband a few weeks ago that we are almost to that point with reality shows today.  I think people are so lost and so ungrounded that they are looking to be entertained, instead of entertaining themselves.  Maybe it goes back to unimaginative childhoods. 


I am a Baby Boomer and have a terrific and balanced 35 year old daughter who has 2 balanced teenagers.  All played outside.  All were limited to 1 extracurricular activity.  All are avid readers and have wonderful imaginations.  All can be alone and entertain themselves.  All are volunteers in come capacity.  We passed these things along to the grandchildren through our daughter.  Her husband came from the same background.


I think a lot of these fame seekers don't know how to like themselves or entertain themselves.  You must be able to be happy alone before you can be happy with someone else.

March 27, 2007, 12:35 pm CDT

The biggest problem..

.. is that people these days are SO focused on instant gratification that they no longer apprecaite the value of working hard and reaping the rewards of your labours. We really are in the 'instant gratification' age, where people expect immediate results. Reality TV caters to this fad: perfect strangers become household names overnight.

March 27, 2007, 12:59 pm CDT

Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Dr. Phil...Dr. Phil...Dr. Phil...

I have watched your show since you first came on Oprah, and I usually enjoy YOUR show...but, I have noticed that of late, you have become 'tolerant' of things you never 'seemed' to be tolerant of before. Your morals are slipping. Todays show was the limit. Instead of you 'giving in' to this young man who wants his virginity shown on seemed to say to the world that it was okay...'if that's what you want to do'....that was what I got out of it anyway. And, I have noticed  a few times before that you 'go with the flow' instead of telling people like it is, like you used to do. I do hope that you are not following what is popular, but try to get people to do what is right. I thought your program was the only descent one I wrong? In today's society, we NEED people who will stand up for what is right, ESPECIALLY for our young people...they are becoming freaks. I just wonder, when I watch them, just who raised these freaks....I am so glad that this young man was NOT MY SON and I THINK YOU ARE PROBABLY THINKING THE SAME THING...SO WHY NOT TELL HIM?


March 27, 2007, 1:01 pm CDT

03/27 Fifteen Minutes of Fame

Quote From: irishgirl1964

 The  guy  looking to lose his virginity  is being influenced  by  his  immature , mouthy friend. If he really stopped to think about it, what would his children think someday?  And like the Apprentice guy said, how about his parents?  The friend really bothered me.  I'm just saying>
They truly were a pathetic pair.
March 27, 2007, 1:22 pm CDT

He is WRONG!

It really peaved me off to hear the guy with the beard sit there an proclaim EVERYBODY wants to be on a reality show. UP YOURS, BUDDY! I don't give two hoots what the rest of 'society' does and I don't have a competitive bone in my body. Don't measure everyone else by your puny,pathetic yardstick!
March 27, 2007, 1:26 pm CDT

who is to blame? Look in the mirror!

It goes without saying that it's totally ridiculous the things ppl will do for "fame"- people don't seem to realize that they will be "famous" for really bad reasons- who the heck wants to be "that loser who lost his virginity online" or "those freaks who eat their fingers on tv" - but if no one watched- this wouldn't exist! I also want  to just defend online places such as "myspace" and "youtube". I really dislike the way these sites are made out to be "bad"-  just because ppl use sites for inappropriate things- doesn't mean that's what these sites are for. I personally enjoy reality tv- but there is a HUGE difference between "Survivor" and "Fear Factor". It's really ignorant to lump them all together- and I really resent the fact that losers are ruining it for those of us that enjoy quality reality shows. And that's my take!

March 27, 2007, 1:28 pm CDT


I was on a "realty show" back in 1973 (??).  The show was "THE GIRL IN MY LIFE".  It was broadcast in Calif; the host was Fred Holiday. 

Long story short version:  My sisters and I were re-united on the show, after having been separated thru adoption for 17 years.  (We spent 4 days together)

Unfortunately, no one recorded the show for us.

My 2nd sister recently passed away from cancer. I wanted so much to get a copy of this taping so she could see it, or for us all to be reunited again before she passed away, neither of which happened.

I contacted Dr Phil show probably 500 times (and Oprah, etc) asking if any one in their industry could find the tape for me, without getting even an acknowledgement of my emails.

I have posted on Google, etc, asking if anyone has a copy of this taping. I am asking the readers of this posting if anyone has the tape, or has access to getting a copy of the tape.

I would appreciate hearing from anyone who can direct me to get a copy of the taping.

Thank you ever so much.

March 27, 2007, 1:29 pm CDT

It needs to be said...

I can't imagine WHY this guy is a virgin....
March 27, 2007, 1:33 pm CDT

To: Brian

Please  care more about yourself than to sleep with a porn star, especially in order to obtain fame.  To me that is disgusting instead of something to be famous for.  Please read a book called Soul Ties and understand what you are about to do.  When you tie your self physically, spiritually etc...and become one with that person, you are sleeping with all the people she has slept with.  Some people, (a lot of people) don't realize that God has a much deeper reason for  wanting us to wait until marraige.   Also you are a good looking guy, why not wait and actually be in love with a special girl??  Fame isn't worth your defiling your soul.

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