Fans ARE NOT Community Service

Lindsay Lohan in court.

Lindsay Lohan in court.

Dear Lindsay Lohan,

Today, news sources have been blowing up the headlines stating you did something controversial. This is an entertainment media norm, as I am sure you know, but when I learned you had the audacity to list your time doing meet and greets with fans as your court mandated community service, I had to comment.

Let me first say that I used to be an avid fan of yours, Ms. Lohan. I remember when you did a retrospective photo shoot for an artistic magazine imitating Marilyn Monroe and having to track down where the outlandishly overpriced piece was sold, even though I was a poor college student. I remember entering a contest on a website to get tickets to a premiere of one of your independent films and the sadness of not winning. I even sat through the abominable”I Know Who Killed Me”, and I remember defending you to other fan friends when you messed up. But this? REALLY?

Let me give you a news flash, Ms. Lohan. Your fans support your career – the one you are fighting to keep alive. They buy your movie tickets, or DVDs of your films, view your reality shows, or in the case where you listed meeting fans after a theater show as “community service”, tickets to your live events. They go to social media to discuss you and defend you. If you truly harbor no feelings of adoration for your fans and see them as purely as a commodity, then in YOUR terms, they can be viewed as your customers. In short, they do not owe you THEIR time to make up for YOUR mistake in 2012 that could have cost people their lives, but did cause injuries to two people, yourself and property damage.

You are lucky to have had fans hang onto their admiration for you, even though frankly one Lindsay fan site that is the top Google result and noted as “The 24/7 Premier Largest Lindsay Fan Site” hasn’t been updated in over a month. You should be ashamed to list your time with them as community service. Community service is serving food to the homeless, or cleaning trash off the streets, or much needed office assistance at a community center. Giving time to your fans is part of your job as a public figure. It constitutes customer service since they consume the products you make via your creative measures.

I surely hope you find these fans you spent time with, since I’m sure you properly documented who you interacted with since it was for court mandated community service, and apologize to them for using them for your own devices. Sincere wishes that this teaches you something.

 

Kesha & Marilyn Monroe: 6 Decades Between

Entertainment these days is largely based on the concept of “what goes around will always come back”. Many modern forms of media are recycled – sound bytes from one song in another song, sequels, prequels, remakes, adaptations. A lot of what happens in pop culture bears repeating.

Graphic creator wishes to keep his contribution Anonymous. Donated to Fan-Culture.org

Graphic creator wishes to keep his contribution Anonymous. Donated to Fan-Culture.org

A current legal case in the entertainment industry is proving to, as Britt Julious of The Guardian calls it, be “radical, even revolutionary”. Kesha aka Ke$ha, the singer of hits like “Tik Tok” and “Timber”, has sued her producer Dr. Luke for charges such as sexual harassment, unfair business practices and abuse.

Though a lot of people are surprised by Kesha’s bold move to gain freedom with her creativity and away from personal oppression, her saga can be compared to another famous blonde. Exactly 60 years ago, the iconic Marilyn Monroe fought her own battle for creative control, and if you are thinking the comparison is far fetched, read on:

1) Right to Creativity & Unfair Contracts – In 1954, Marilyn Monroe covertly moved to New York away from the public eye where she made her own production company with photographer friend Milton Greene. She did so as a sign of rebellion against an unfair contract with MGM where she was paid lower amounts than her costars, made to constantly do comedies and was paraded around like a show pony for them. In 2014, after publicly stating to Rollingstone Magazine the year before that she had no creative control, Kesha escapes the public eye to rehab in Illinois for an eating disorder, emerging healthy and files a lawsuit against Dr Luke and Kemosabe Records. Kesha has stated before that she wishes to release material that would make the public take her more seriously and that her monetary percentages as an artist and song writer are unfair.

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Kira’s Gonna Shake Shake Shake Shake Shake

Taylor Swift in the music video "Shake It Off" with fans

Taylor Swift in the music video “Shake It Off” with fans

You’ve no doubt had it stuck in your head from the radio lately and you may have even have had a peak of the eclectic and satirical music video that has had 206 Million plus views on YouTube. Either way, it is obvious that you have heard or heard *of* “Shake it Off” by Taylor Swift. What you may not know is an interesting back story behind the music video.

Around the 3 minute and 10 second mark of the video HERE, you see Taylor dressed in a simple black outfit surrounded by a white background with a bunch of kids dancing around her wearing colorful clothes. These are fans of hers, sought out by her fan club Taylor Nation. Kira Morrison is one of these fans.

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Knock Knock

Hi everyone. I’m back :) I will soon be posting at least once a week. I will first be premiering with a piece about my friend Kira – she is making a name for herself as a musician and had an incredible opportunity recently to be in a Taylor Swift music video. Stay tuned!

The Walking Dead BBQ at SDCC 2014

I was extremely fortunate, thanks to a friend’s tip and arriving early, that I got a wrist band to attend AMC’s The Walking Dead BBQ on Friday of SDCC 2014. They were only holding this event Friday and Saturday nights of the Con with 200 guests each night. That’s 200 each day out of over 100,000 people who ascend upon the Con each year. Here is my video of the event, including a surprise appearance by the cast!