“Pop Fiction”: Celebrities Unite Against the Media… Sure

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Editor’s update: The Toronto Star did a more probbing story on Ashton Kutcher’s new television series “Pop Fiction” the purpose of which is purportedly to teach paparazzi a thing or two. Called “Paparazzi, you’ve been punk’d”, it aptly ends with a flourish:

Pop Fiction wants the world to know celebrity journalism is unfair, blinkered, mendacious, ridiculous and abusive.

I’m not defending anything or anyone. But if it wasn’t for celebrity journalism, the world would not care about these people in the first place.

As reported here on March 9, 2008:

Hilton’s ‘Guru’ Date Was Set Up for Kutcher”™s New Prank TV Show
by Wenn
March 6, 2008

Paris Hilton"™s Sugar SweetHollywood – Paris Hilton’s night out in Hollywood with a bearded ‘guru’ last Saturday was staged by Punk’d star Ashton Kutcher for a new TV show, designed to exploit the media.

Hilton made headlines around the world when she stepped out with an orange-robed, grey-haired ‘shaman’ who proceeded to bless her and then encouraged her to donate a diamond necklace to a stranger.

However, as previously reported by WENN, the ‘guru’ was actually an actor named Maxie Santillan Jr..

And it has now emerged that the incident was a prank for Kutcher’s new show Pop Fiction, which will feature 20 celebrities, including several superstars, who are all in on the joke.

Kutcher and his business partner Jason Goldberg produce the new program, which highlights the gullibility of the paparazzi and the media and is set to premiere on E! on Sunday.

Goldberg says, “We live in a culture that’s driven by media and obsessed with celebrity, to the point where they don’t have private lives anymore.

“Two people going out to eat turns into, ‘They’re engaged.’ It’s a feeding frenzy. It’s dangerous and it’s irresponsible in some cases.

“We’re having fun, but we want to say to people, ‘Can you really believe everything you read and see?'”

photo: Dave Edwards © 2008 DailyCeleb.com

thanks Susan