Friday, April 11, 2008

If Bey-Z gets married and there are no photos released, did it really happen?

There is an article over at the NY Daily News today that wonders out loud if tabloid magazines are bias against non-white celebrities.

In this instance they're pointing to the soft coverage given Beyonce and Jay-Z's recent wedding.

Of the major celebrity tabloids, only US Weekly gave Beyonce the cover while most of the other relegated the wedding to the sidebar. Interestingly, People Magazine (the bathroom literature of choice for Middle America) gave Beyonce the cover as well.

According to the article a "top" tabloid editor said that the wedding was played down because (wait for it) "African Americans don't sell covers." Another source shared that ""We have a saying, 'Only Oprah.' Oprah is the only black celebrity big enough to put on our cover."

Yep, we are sharing air with people who think that "stars" from fake reality TV shows trump established actors for space on magazine covers. No big surprise here.

But is the lack of attention from tabloids really a bad thing?

I'm reminded of an article I read a few years back about Raven Symone who is one of Disney's top moneymakers yet rarely appears on the pages of celebrity magazines alongside other Disney stars like that dude with they eyebrows who kind of looks like a robot and that girl who posted nude pictures of herself online.

If I remember correctly, the conclusion of the piece was that this fact was a double edged sword.

On the one hand, black celebrities don't have to deal with the unwanted attention that fame brings while the flip side makes them less visible to the people in Hollywood with enough clout to keep them gainfully employed.

Then there is the issue of certain black celebrity focused blogs.

I'll admit that I read them. I am just as curious about who wore what wear and general entertainment news but I usually have to draw the line at reading the mainly anonymously posted comments given about any particular actress. I'm just too old and the comments are usually just too mean. The focus of some of these blogs is "who are we going to hate on today" instead of just providing the mindless entertainment I crave.

Now, this isn't to imply that celebrity magazines represent the bastion of journalistic integrity but damn, at least someone over there has to talk to a publicist every now or maybe do the most basic fact check.

So back to Beyonce. I think it's great that it appears that she hasn't sold her wedding photos to the highest bidder and is keeping the whole affair private but....

I do want to know what her wedding dress looked like and if it was designed by her mama.

I want to know if the former members of Destiny's Child sent gifts.

I want to know if the Popeye's chicken that was reportedly served at the reception was served on fine china or if they just passed around a bucket.

Lastly, I want to know the identity of the guest (or guests) that is rumored to have brought a handgun to the ceremony (I know in my heart that it was Gwenyth Paltrow.)

I'm just nosy like that. I love weddings and babies and cake. Sue me.


Style Noir said...

I second those notions-- all of them.

And if we know Jay-- you know, the only rapper who's referenced Nancy Drew-- the Popeye's was served on vintage Noritake found on eBay.

NaySue said...

About that guest list . . . do you think Karrine "Superhead" Steffans was in attendance? I don't know why I thought about her when you mentioned the handgun. Call it an active imagination I guess.

I wonder what Solange wore and if Baby Daniel took part. What's the big deal about releasing your wedding photos anyway? I understand desiring privacy, but . . . wedding photos?

BlackGirl said...

Gywneth Paltrow packing heat? Very funny!

aulelia said...

they should be ashamed of themselves. beyonce and jigga are superstars, bigger than britney and lindsay. why not cover them ??

Anonymous said...

Gwynnie had the gun. It was hot pink.
She was the only one . You know that's how she rolls ...she's a NYC girl.

They are married and they aren't going to play the tabloid game of selling the photos like Eva Longaria and others.


Because they don't have to.

Isn't the America dream wonderful?

Ms.Erika said...

It's a shame but on the other hand....Maybe it will keep "our" young stars from going over the edge like Brit and LaLohan. If the photographers stay out of their faces they will be less likey to feel the need to show off.

lol @ Gywneth w/ the gun...