The term ‘media whore’ is now widely used in celebrity gossip circles. Though it may come across as something derogatory if you go by the literary meaning of the term, the same cannot be said if you take it as a modern idiom. It refers to celebrities who always court celeb gossip reporters to get themselves into the focus. They deliberately make off-color comments to create a controversy in the pages of entertainment news. This category of celebrities, mostly ex reality show stars or mainstream celebrities past their primes, manage to grab headlines not just by making statements which are bizarre and fictional. They sometimes get into relationships with bona fide celebrities to bask in the sunlight of short-lived fame.
If Hollywood gossip is to be believed, the moving images industry has been hit by the recession badly. There are rampant cancellations and shelving of high-budget projects. But that has not dampened the popularity of the celebrity gossip columns, nor have people lost interest in reading entertainment news. So what is it that keeps the readers interested in celeb gossip despite a dent in the production of movies and production? The answer lies in the immense appeal of Hollywood and the stars that have brightened the sky over it.
Celebrity gossip is now not taken as a news item that can be relegated to the inner pages like a footnote. The term ‘Page 3′ came into vogue to respect and recognize the readers’ growing interest in celeb gossip magazines and tabloids. With the coming of web portals and online entertainment news websites, you could safely that yellow journalism has turned a new leaf. Paparazzi scoops could now be made available to the reader in real-time updates. The coming of the internet has also made information accessible to all corners of the world.