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Studios to Stars: No Twitter for You

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Posted on Oct 19, 2009
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There was a time when Hollywood studios kept their stables of stars on a short leash, keeping close watch over their public personas and even arranging their marriages. Actors at least appear to have more leeway these days, but some studios are now requiring that they refrain from broadcasting the minutiae of their daily lives via social media like Facebook and Twitter.  —KA

CNET:

It is believed that Cameron Diaz and Mike Myers are among the first celebrities to be affected by a reportedly new anti-social-media clause included in talent contracts from major studios, according to entertainment news reports.

But just how far those measures have gone is unknown. Some entertainment blogs are reporting that studios are requesting an outright ban of social-networking use by celebrities. Others say that studios are simply trying to curb their use. At this point, it’s not so clear—and the film studios aren’t talking.

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By wanked, October 23, 2009 at 2:16 pm Link to this comment
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When I hear twitter—-i begin to itch.

Can anyone explain why it is anything more than a distraction ?

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By Go Right Young Man, October 22, 2009 at 5:53 pm Link to this comment

ThatDeborahGirl, Political Insurgent,

Typing on a laptop so I’ll be brief.

First, I can’t see what Rush Limbaugh has to do with anything I’ve said below. I don’t watch Olbermann imagining he speaks for the majority of liberals in America. That would be a serious mistake.

Obviously we won’t agree on much. Clearly you both feel superior over the majority. You frown on and look down on the ignorant and the unwashed. I’ll thank you both for illustrating my point. You did it better than I could ever put into words.

I’d like to welcome you to America. Where the majority are right of center. In America the right and center combined defines 70% the country as a whole but, you know best I’m sure.

ThatDeborahGirl, - From my chair you miss the point. I’ve seen this for years. It’s you who are making the situation about a black man in office. I was crushed when I first realized the party I was raised on took such an ugly and destructive turn. But it is what it is. Wishing you would end the practice won’t make it go away. I can only keep speaking out against it.

The Congress and the White House WILL bend to the majority. That’s the way it is in America. It’s not about skin color. In 2009 it’s largely only the fringes who make race an issue.

Welcome to the United States of America. Where all are welcome by the 70% majority!

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By Political Insurgent, October 21, 2009 at 4:39 pm Link to this comment

@Go Right Young Man

“the hatred liberals have for all who dare to think differently”

“the party of racists and bigots”

Um….WTF? Hollywood never been liberal about anything except glorifying sex, drugs and rock’n'roll. The few Hollywood personalities who do dare say anything remotely “liberal” are instantly leaped upon by every right wing pundit who can weave English into vaguely comprehensible sentences (never mind if they make sense or have any basis on known fact or truth). I still remember right wing “journalist” Bill O’Reilly jumping on Jessica Alba of all people for making some insignificant comment about Sweden. He was wrong, per usual, but god forbid she had been tweeting! If anyone is trying to block celebrities from participating in the social forum of Twitter, Faceplace, MyBook, etc et al, it’s capitalist studio heads scared that their employees will say something “radical” that will force them to bring back the Blacklist.

Gee, I wonder who came up with that “blacklisting” idea in the first place, by the way.

God, the sheer magnificent nincompoopery of the modern day right wing (especially the youth) is positively staggering. The mind recoils to think that such folk call themselves studied members of a political party other than The Electric Company. Do you guys read at all? Is “documented history” a word in your language? Do you know what “logic” or “objectivity” mean as defined by the dictionary? Do you read dictionaries? Are you even PEOPLE?! Please tell us honestly…before the lady comes bursting out of the line yelling, “It’s a cookbook!!”

Ugh. I’m through with it. Good lord.

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By ThatDeborahGirl, October 21, 2009 at 4:54 am Link to this comment
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I began to see the hatred liberals have for all who dare to think differently. My parents would be turning in their graves if they could see what the democratic party has morphed into.

The party of racists and bigots.


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I really had to think about this comment because, although it seems to be just troll bait, there is a bit of truth to it. Just a bit, but there are a couple of differences that needs to be addressed, because so many conservatives seem to think this way.

Hatred is hatred, but let’s put it like this: Rush Limbaugh espouses a lot of hatred and encourages hatred; of minorities, of immigrants, of homosexuals, of the President - he is a party of opposition all by himself.

Now there are people, myself included, who hate Rush Limbaugh. Now you can say it’s because he “thinks differently” and you would be right. But do I hate him because his POV is merely “different” from mine? Or do I hate him because his POV is despicable and lacks humanity?

There’s a difference - a big difference- and one I don’t see conservatives making too often. It’s too easy to just say - well liberals hate too.

As for the Dems being the party of racists and bigots, that too, is a comment that needs to be addressed because there is a grain of truth to it. The Democratic Paty, just like the Republican Party, still has the notion that although they are willing to be “inclusive” the top spots and power structure should always have white people at the top.

On the Dem side this is proven by the fact that although Barack Obama is President of the United States, *no one* really sees him as the head of the Democratic Party. He doesn’t appear to drive the Democratic Agenda - he is always seen as driving “the White House agenda” which, far too many Democrats seem to have no problem ignoring if they wish and simply seeing it as “Obama’s agenda” and going their own way, as proven by the health care reform votes. The party discipline has been appallingly lax and the Dems who go their own way seem to feel there is no big deal to crossing the “Black president”.

In a day and age where the Dems outnumber the Republicans in both Houses, there really shouldn’t be this kind of opposition to a Dem President. Yet and still, there are Dems who still cannot stomach having to fall in line under the leadership of a black man, regardless of his office. Their bigotry and racism is taking a toll as President Obama tries to instill policy after policy, only to meet opposition from his own party as well as the Republicans, the true party of bigotry of racism.

Republicans right now seem to be fighting for one thing and one things only: To keep this country run and powered by a very small group of rich, white males. Period. Democrats have to pay more than lip service to “diversity” if they want to be seen as being different. Otherwise having Barack Obama as President is really no different than having Michael Steele as the token head of the GOP.

So yes, liberals have a long way to go in exploring the depths of their own bigotry and rooting it out for once and for all. But at least they are TRYING. Conservatives have a much longer row to hoe. Unfortunately conservatives don’t seem to feel that they have to do anything at all.

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By Go Right Young Man, October 20, 2009 at 7:00 am Link to this comment
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Yet another example of the liberal mind at work. The liberal set in Hollywood can’t stand it when anyone speaks out of turn or speaks for themselves.

I was raised in a liberal household. Then I grew up. I began to see the hatred liberals have for all who dare to think differently. My parents would be turning in their graves if they could see what the democratic party has morphed into.

The party of racists and bigots.

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By thebeerdoctor, October 20, 2009 at 5:53 am Link to this comment

I thought I saw a puddy tat… I did! I did!

It has been reported that Warner Brothers issued a social networking gag order for their stars Tweety and Sylvester. Tweety responded by saying: “I’m a tweet wittow biwd in a diwded cage; Tweety’th my name but I don’t know my age.”
Sylvester’s only comment was “sufferin’ succotash!”

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