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  • coudra

    well done:)

  • Tim Lovejoy

    Oh please stop… it IS NOT an english thing.
    I know its the culture to think everything revolves around oneself but that quote is idiotic.
    Ever been to Spain?
    The magazines there are vicious to a level you would be stunned. The only thing worse Ive ever seen was Venezuela where the country used to have media laws dating from the 40’s and where the press could openly call the dark skinned president a monkey (Colin Powell was less than amused when he visited a few years back and there was a caricature of a monkey with banana that represented Chavez).
    Italian press? Insane as well but politicized on top of that plus with added bonus of mob pressure on top.
    Greeks? Over the top.
    Mexico? Yup, them too.

    its not an english thing, its a celebrity thing. You are an actor or athlete who is in the spotlight and thats the name of the game.

    You think american athletes dont go through that?
    Heck its worse for their college athletes who are in effect minor league players in a multi billion a year industry and get paid nothing (yes, they get education but listen to many of them talk and ask yourself how many are literate. In english). These kids are under the same pressures and if someone by chance buys then a meal, lends them a car or gives them a gift like a sweater, they are treated like rapists and murderers. because their amateurism hypocrisy is worse than anything the olympics ever had.
    The media and internet based media in the US is much, much bigger than in the US, the tabloids and TMZs and Perez Hiltons reach a huge audience.
    it might not be as vicious as some other countries but there are just so many more of them.

    Oh yeah, Argentina!!! Wow, have you EVER seen their press and what they say?
    England is not even close to them in this arena (just like in football!!!).

    Rooney was banging whores while his wife was pregnant. No it doesnt make him a rapist or even a Tony Blair like murderer. it makes him a king sized douchebag.
    I think that these actions should be talked about (but not to the extent it is) because it helps remind the feeble minded taht these immature kids are NOT role models.
    Then again, i saw once at an athletes rape trial of his daughters, fathers show up at the court and have their daughters take pictures next to the incestuous rapist.
    It might be over the top to drag these things so long but those are the trappings of fame.

    I have no problems with Crouchy getting drunk or even cheating on his girlfriend and Ashley Cole’s girlfriend works in a field where monogamy isnt exactly popular so I dont care. But the Terry thing was about a teammate and trust in the lockerroom and WAS newsworthy.
    Rooney didnt break any laws but this does speak to his character and lets face it, the PR machine was really working overtime on him these past few years who he was a changed man, a leader, a future captain…. someone who was changed and whose marriage was used heavily in this campaign.
    Thats why I dont mind this.
    Same with Tiger Woods who used his family as props for his image but has no concept of honesty, integrity and respect.
    Or Ribery who is a religious man but somehow doesnt mind banging underage hoes (its ok, Mo was bangin 9 year olds so its ok with the religion I guess).
    Those guys are all hypocrites who are using their marriages to further their image like Father of the Year Terry.
    Those hypocrites get no sympathy.

    Ashley Cole never used his family (he has none yet) for props and neither did Crouch, so i could care less than theyre cheats.

    I know its a fine line between both for some but life is not black or white.

    As for charities, I work in the music industry and bands are told by labels and agents that charity pays off in great publicity. (Kids are worth gold, sick kids are worth platinum but old folks not so much). Bands are sat down and given a list of charities they should get involved and told how much each is worth in terms of PR and also how much is expected from them. Do you want to show up at a dinner once a year and maybe sign a few things later on for a charity or do you want to give between 3 and 5 days a year for different PR functions to maximize the publicity you can milk out of it. They organize the lists by how much commitment you are willing to make of your time.

    Oxfam is one of the favorites for this (great business, here in town they have a few offices in some of the ritziest buildings in town) as long as you dont have anything you want to do on your own with their help, they dont work that way.
    And from what ive gathered athletes are corralled EXACTLY the same way.

    Not all artists are opportunist but every artists agent and managers will milk those charity ‘work’ for all theyve got.

    Charities are wonderful for image and are being used for public perception manipulation.

    The one thing that is told to everyone is do not support anything that might be seem as
    potentially damaging for your image. Sure, you might think that the israeli bombings of Lebanon and palestinian camps massacres are war crimes but support a cause like that in the US and your career is as good as dead.
    When is the last time an athlete has stood up against war and killings?
    I think Romario wore a shirt during the bombing of Yugoslavia and Steve Nash came out against war a while back.
    Being against war is NOT in your interest. But having your clients strap on guns and shoot with the trained killers your/others govts send, well that is gold.
    War sells well at home. War and death and killing is good for image because ‘our boys are protecting our country’ and all that bullshit that comes with it.
    Stand up against the war and you will be ostracized (the Dixie Chicks were the only ones opposing the war from 2001 to 2005 in the US and suffered. Once 2006 came around and Bush was a lame duck, then the cowards came out of the woodwork.)

    Stay safe, dont rock the boat and dont support anything your conscience might want you to because it could ruin your career.

    yes, its cynical but the management teams are the ones using charities for publicity.

    its really just as despicable as the tabloids.

  • Daniel Storey

    Ok, but raising money for charity by using your profile is good whatever reason you do it for, and its certainly better than not raising any.

    Of course people manipulate it, but thats exactly my point. Why do we have assume that all footballers are doing this? Why for once cant we just think that maybe footballers have some good in them. I certainly dont give to charity as a status symbol, so why are they? Surely the point im making about the fact that not many people know about all the charity work done negates the point of doing it for publicity?