Archives for November, 2009
Last Friday, I talked about Kate Moss' "pro-ana" comment and asked you what you thought about the public's response - specifically, whether the public has the right to hold the model, and celebrities in general, responsible for the things they say.
Now I'm wondering what you think about Morrissey's recent comments on suicide.
During a recent Desert Island Discs with Kirsty Young interview (BBC Radio 4), the British singer and songwriter, who's pretty well known for his melancholy lyrics, admitted to having contemplated suicide and claimed the act of taking one's own life was "an act of great self-control" and "honorable."
During Desert Island Discs, each "castaway" (guest) is asked to choose eight records, one book, and one luxury item to bring with him to a desert island. As if Morrissey's opinions on suicide weren't disturbing enough, he chose two items as his luxury items: A bed and a bottle of sleeping pills, "in case he might want to make a quick exit."
(Because castaways are only allowed to choose one luxury item, Morrissey eventually settled on the bed. Feel better? Me either.)
Although Storm modeling agency issued a statement assuring the public that a seemingly "pro-ana" comment Kate Moss made (you might know the one: "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels") during a recent interview with Women's Wear Daily was "taken out of context" and "completely misrepresented," and that Moss "does not support this as a lifestyle choice," and although Moss recently threw an outdoor dinner party (perhaps to give the paparazzi a chance to photograph her eating), the public and media are still talking about it - both negatively and positively.
(Yes, positively - today, Washington Times writer Kelly Jane Torrance suggested that maybe Moss' comment was exactly what the doctor ordered for folks dealing with obesity.)
Although I don't really think Moss' quote was taken out of context (WWD asked, "Do you have a motto?" and Moss' entire answer was, "There are loads. There’s 'Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels.' That’s one of them. You try and remember, but it never works."), it's not really Moss I'm thinking about right now; rather, it's the backlash celebrities receive when they do or say something the public feels encourages dangerous and unhealthy behavior.
It's a slippery slope, really.
Dear Ellen (and Andy),
I know you're a busy gal, so I'll cut to the chase: My friend Megan Jackson is an amazing person with a crazy idea - and she needs your help.
In May 2009, 28-year-old Megan Jackson created EmsCharityKiss, a campaign to help increase mental health awareness and raise money for research. With the help of Everyday Hero and so many generous people, Megan has helped raise more than $1,000 for One in Five, a small nonprofit group in Australia also geared toward raising awareness and research funds.
You're probably thinking, "How noble of her! But, there are campaigns and charities and organizations all over the world doing similar work - what makes Megan's amazingness so unique?"
Well, that's where her "crazy idea" comes in:
What makes Megan so amazing is not that she created EmsCharityKiss; it's that, after dealing with depression for 10 years and trying desperately to avoid attention, she's chosen to come out of her shell, speak publicly about her struggles, and...
...convince Robert Pattinson to give her her first kiss.
Back in May, I told you about Mary Forsberg Weiland's then-upcoming memoir, Fall to Pieces: A Memoir of Drugs, Rock 'N' Roll & Mental Illness.
The book has since released and there's been an increase in attention paid to that particular Celebrity Psychings post, which is sort of unfortunate because, well, it doesn't exactly offer any "news." :)
This morning, however, I was directed to an...
In case you missed it, NBC gave its Nightly News "Making a Difference" series a celebrity spin last week and shined the spotlight on five celebrities who are currently heavily engaged in charity work:
Alicia Keys, for her work with Keep a Child Alive, the organization that provides life-saving medication, support and care to children and families in Africa that have been affected by AIDS.
Last Thursday, actress Debi Mazar joined the likes of Glenn Close, Paige Hemmis, and Joe Pantoliano.
Mazar didn't launch her own mental health campaign, but the actress did take part in a panel discussion as part of the SPEAK and Be Heard…Living With Bipolar Depression campaign, where she talked about how bipolar disorder has affected one of her family members who was diagnosed with the disorder 10 years ago.
According the Mazar, her family member dealt with symptoms of bipolar disorder for years before getting an accurate diagnosis, beginning proper treatment, and learning to manage the illness, which is so often the case with many folks dealing with mental illness.
In addition to Tobey Maguire, another famous name in veteran- and PTSD-related news lately is seven-time Grammy Award-winning musician John Mayer.
Mayer's fourth studio album, Battle Studies, is scheduled to hit shelves on November 17, 2009, and in addition to the same-day performance at Beacon Theatre (one that will stream live) and the North American tour that kicks off in February to promote the album, Mayer will perform two shows with...
Veterans Day is supposed to be a day of honoring our military veterans for all their dedication to and sacrifices for our nation, and while Veterans Day is always an important day, it seems that now - with PTSD on the rise and tragedies like the recent Fort Hood massacre - honoring America's veterans is more critical than ever before.
And, actor Tobey Maguire believes we should go beyond just honoring our active...
Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week or so - or, for some reason, haven't visited anything online except your email - I'd be willing to bet you've at least caught a whiff of Rihanna's upcoming interview with Diane Sawyer tonight on ABC's 20/20. It's the first time the star has spoken publicly, and at length, about not only the night Chris Brown physically attacked her, but also the whirlwind of events that followed including how the media storm that followed made her feel like "Britney Spears" and how she wanted to forget the entire thing and for life - and their relationship - to just return to normal.
Although you'll have to tune in tonight to catch the entire segment, Good Morning America showed brief clips from the interview yesterday morning and this morning, both of which feature Diane Sawyer and Rihanna addressing issues we looked at here shortly after the incident became public and it looked as though Rihanna might reconcile with Chris Brown - for example, the concern that, by going back to Chris Brown, Rihanna might be sending the wrong message to girls about abusive behavior:
"It's completely normal to go back. It's not right. I learned the hard way, but again, this is what I want people to know [...] When I realized that my selfish decision for love could result in some young girl getting killed, I could not be easy with that part. I couldn't be held responsible for going back." (ABC News)
If you were excited about the chance to bid on "God of Carnage" tickets and schmooze time with James Gandolfini and Marcia Gay Harden, you might also be happy to know that at its third annual dinner auction, the Karla Smith Foundation is going to accept bids to meet Glenn Close, the Oscar-nominated and Tony, Emmy, and Golden Globe award-winning actress and the famous face behind the new...