Why people hate gossip columnists

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Every time a certain gossip column writes about Shannon Noll they have a go. Subtly, but if you look you’ll notice. Usually they describe him as an ‘Australian Idol product’ or perhaps an ‘Australian Idol reject’ or sometimes as ‘Channel Ten trash’. With one nasty word choice he goes from being a singer, an entertainer, a human being, to an inanimate object. But it’s not just him. It’s anyone who gossip columnists deem worthy to write about, but not to suck up to. It’s kind of a weird oxymoron.  Want to know more? Then click here?

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6 Responses to “Why people hate gossip columnists”

  1. Amy Says:

    I just wonder if gossip columnists aren’t the product of a bigger picture. People read gossip columns, so what is that saying about society? I think nasty gossip columnists are possibly highlighting the schnadenfreude of our (Western?) culture.

  2. Tim Says:

    That’s a very interesting point…and not just because you used the word schadenfreude (which by the way i think would make a great name for a band).

  3. Tim Says:

    I’m not so convinced though…I think some gossip columns are bitchy…but that doesn’t worry me so much…it’s who they suck up to that irritates me Amy…

  4. Tim Says:

    It’s that they suck up to models and other scene queens who’s only contribution is to be hot, connected or rich. So there is a value judgement they use…and i don’t agree with it.

  5. Tim Says:

    Anyway, I just got back from Canberra where I was doing some interviews with pollies which I’ll put up next week. Hopefully it will be funny.

  6. Amy Says:

    Oh sure, you only found my comment interesting because I managed to slip “schadenfreude” in there, didn’t you Tim?
    To be honest, I don’t read gossip columns that often, but when I do I find the sucking up and shooting down is never mutually exclusive for any of the “celebrities” they talk about. I’ve heard them have a go at Hawkins, Macpherson etc as well as Noll, and various footy players whose names I don’t know.

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