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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

People who invade their own privacy

In the same day that Jonathan Ross goes on the radio to publicise his new show and announces that one of his children is gay, Orlando Bloom takes a picture of his wife Miranda Kerr breastfeeding their new-born baby. The picture's copyright is assigned to Kora Organics, "an exciting new range of organic skincare, body and hair care products by Australian model Miranda Kerr." In the same week Justin Webb gives an interview to the Radio Times about how his father was the newsreader Peter Woods. These are the kind of confidences that used to be winkled out by investigative reporters. It seems they're now volunteered in exchange for publicity. Takes all the fun out of it somehow.

7 comments:

  1. However if one dared ask them a question about their personal life they'd take it as a personal affront, no matter that whatever it is is already out there.

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  2. You sit behind anyone on the bus who's gabbing on his/her mobile phone and they'll lay out before you and everyone in earshot - 54 seating, 7 standing - their bank details, sex life and what they're having for tea tonight: all without any financial inducement whatsoever. It's like reality TV without the TV.

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  3. So that would be, er, reality then?

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  4. There's no flies on you Mr. Spence.

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  5. Is it just me, but who cares about these "revelations"?

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  6. Reading the little snippet about Jonathan Ross, I thought it was a pretty positive response to the question. I've sometimes wondered about Ross's attitude to homosexuality (viz I thought he was protesting a bit too much about how gay-friendly he was), but these words, in context, seem admirable and uncontroversial. And it doesn't seem as if he went on the programme in *order* to "announce" that his daughter is gay.

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  7. Thing with the Ross thing is, his daughter's outed herself on Twitter for some time, and if I know that, then every other tabloid hack does too. So I suspect that, rather than have a red-top publish that, Ross went on Gaydar to do it instead, and a rather good way to do it, I thought.

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