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Page Six vs Paramount

I am hardly the guy to be defending anyone at Paramount. But I found a Page Six item to be so unpleasantly inaccurate and inherently unkind that I feel I have to respond

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39 Responses to “Page Six vs Paramount”

  1. joefitz84 says:

    The moral is you can’t mess with Page Six. They’ll go after you til your body is dead and buried.

  2. Rory says:

    Nor can you be friends with Page Six. Look at the treatment Howard Stern receives from them. They are gossip columinist, but really MEAN gossip columinist.

  3. joefitz84 says:

    If you listen to Stern much you will see he was never a friend of Page Six. And they take their shots at him. It all started when he complained about the crappy photo they always run of him.

  4. Josh says:

    I love Page Six. They’re the best gossip rag in the biz.

  5. Angelus21 says:

    I know a lot of guys here need the penis pills but its about time to end the spamming.

  6. joefitz84 says:

    How would you know Angelus???? Damn cameras in the showers.

  7. David Poland says:

    Ang… dumped the most recent spam hours ago…

  8. bicycle bob says:

    the moral is don’t mess with the post. they got the time and the energy to go after u.

  9. Panda Bear says:

    That is half the fun of the Hollywood game. The gossip.

  10. David Poland says:

    Fun if you aren’t the one being attacked…

  11. bicycle bob says:

    i guess u gotta be able to take it if ur a star. or u don’t hire a top notch pr person or lawyer. they’re really starting to give it to the girl who runs the gawker site.

  12. Bruce says:

    Always makes for a fun read. But my only thing is I wish they actually named the blind items. Isn’t that what gossip is all about? Why have blind items?

  13. Lota says:

    people on occasion plant blind items Bruce and a whisper is louder than a scream. IF there is an item making a claim that later was shown to be false, it may not matter that it was proven false, the damage may already be done–to a job or marriage etc.
    if stars etc have broken the law then they should get busted, but alot of the gossip is just meanness, and/or meaningless nonsense.

  14. Bruce says:

    If they’re going to post a blind item then they should have the cajones as they say to name names. Instead of start innuendo. Also its funner for the general public. Like me.

  15. Jilly says:

    Who cares about any of this?

  16. bicycle bob says:

    obviously some people jilly. like u don’t read the gossip pages. get off the high horse.

  17. jeffmcm says:

    This isn’t gossip about movie stars though…it’s kind of boring.

  18. BluStealer says:

    Jeff, have you ever read Page Six? You should more often. It is informative as well as pretty funny. But they do have a bug up their gazoo about Tom Cruise now.

  19. LesterFreed says:

    My theory is all these gossip people are in cahoots with each other. Like a union. You ever read those magazines? they have the same stories and the same pictures week after week.

  20. Jilly says:

    Oh, I am sorry I guess I should be on pins and needles wondering about which suit fired another suit and when. Compelling stuff.

  21. bicycle bob says:

    if u don’t like it then don’t read it. its not made for everyone.

  22. Lota says:

    Well somtimes I don’t like working with “suits” but suits are actually human beings so when something false is printed about hiring, firing, promotion etc no matter who they are, it still is bad journalistic form to print innuendo rather than facts.
    Facts are easy enough to check up on, but some writers don’t bother to get confirmation.

  23. bicycle bob says:

    if something is written falsey about someone they should do what roman polanski just did and sue them.

  24. jeffmcm says:

    Not everyone is rich and can afford the best lawyers like Polanski.

  25. Mark says:

    Why not have the courage of your convictions? Regardless of money. I expect more from you Jeff. A champion of the people like you are.

  26. jeffmcm says:

    I have no idea what you are talking about.

  27. joefitz84 says:

    Roman apparently only got off because he is rich and can afford the best representation. Damn legal system again.

  28. Panda Bear says:

    He should be in jail right now instead of living in the worst country in the world. He is a molestor.

  29. jeffmcm says:

    It’s hardly the worst country in the world. In France if you’re American they might give you bad service. In other places they’ll just kill you and desecrate your corpse.

  30. Josh says:

    France is the phoniest country in the world. the waiters will be polite and gracious then spit in your food and watch you eat it. Don’t believe me? I saw it last summer in good ol’ Paris. Great sites. Terrible people. Armpit hair. On Ladies. Not good.

  31. Lota says:

    How can an entire country be phony Josh?
    Sorry you had that experience but I’ve seen waiters spin in food in SF, NY, LA and elsewhere, it’s not limited to France. A chef friend of mine who had worked at Donatello’s and Four Seasons said it was NORMAL to give the Chef’s Oyster to patrons they felt earned it. I am REALLY nice to waitstaff now.
    I’ve spent most of my adult life in France and it was a lovely place to live.
    I have seen Americans behave abysmally in Europe & North Africa–doesn’t mean the entire US of A is bad either.

  32. Bruce says:

    France is a wasteland. Even the food was bad when I was there. Wasn’t that long ago. Five years. I don’t think they’ve gotten better with hospitality. They really don’t like the US which is fine by me since I don’t like them either.

  33. Josh says:

    Lota, yes, you’re right. But I did poll the whole country of France. Door to door. And found out they are all phony baloneys who hate Americans. Each and every one of them.

  34. bicycle bob says:

    the frogs should be kissing our behinds. if not for us they’re speaking german right now.

  35. Bruce says:

    They’d never say thank you for helping them out. Really whats the big loss if we gave France to the Germans as a consolation prize for losing two wars?

  36. LesterFreed says:

    Now that would be funny.
    A German flag on top of the Eiffel Tower.

  37. TheBrotherhoodOfTheLostSkeletonOfCadavra says:

    Bi-Bob drolled: “the frogs should be kissing our behinds. if not for us they’re speaking german right now.”
    And if it weren’t for “the frogs,” you illiterate yahoo, we’d still be a British colony!

  38. jeffmcm says:

    Worse than that…we’d be Lower Canada.

  39. Lota says:

    Yahey…we’re not Lower Canada enit?! Ok then I don;t have to say Yahey anymore. But I still like saying enit.
    Lester there wouldn’t be a German flag on top of the eiffel tower and everywhere else, it’s be a Nazi flag and probably 50 million more jews, africans, indigenous, dissidents etc smoked. Auchwitz III was very close to being completed in 1945.
    It was a team effort to defeat the Nazis, even the Red Orchestra was involved & pivotal.

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