When stars are invited to the Oval Office to jawbone with President Obama and pocket $25K just for tweeting they drink a certain brand of vodka, they never complain about the publicity that provides these perks.
But when something in a celebrity’s life goes south, as it did recently for Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian, they demand privacy as if they have a Constitutional right to control all cameras and computers whenever it suits them.
For celebrities who bare their naked bodies on magazines and tweet their personal deets all day long to suddenly declare their private lives are off limits is not just naïve, it’s hypocritical.
The most recent case of improperly playing the privacy card is Lindsay Lohan, who learned the IRS has put a lien on her house in Encino for failing to pay some $94,000 in federal taxes. We doubt Lohan sits down to pay her own bills each month, but instead of letting people make up their own minds about her financial ethics or fiscal incompetence, her publicist Steve Honig told the press, “We’re not commenting on her personal financial situation.” In other words, MYOB!
Lohan’s body, however, is another story. She was happy to be photographed for the January 2012 issue of Playboy magazine and parlay the not-so-private publicity stunt into a possible Elizabeth Taylor movie role.
Meanwhile, both Demi Moore and Kim Kardashian sought privacy when their marriages shattered to bits last fall. “It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that I have decided to end my six-year marriage to Ashton,” Moore told the Associated Press after booting Kutcher from the couple’s abode. “This is a trying time for me and my family, and so I would ask for the same compassion and privacy that you would give to anyone going through a similar situation.”
Only problem is, most anyone else going through a “similar situation” does not earn millions of dollars for making movies or own multiple homes from Maine to California. And chances are the average Josephine does not pose nude for Vanity Fair when she is pregnant because she might consider such a photo too . . . er, private?
The Princess of Privacy Hypocrisy Award, however, goes to Kim Kardashian, who has more reality TV shows than most people do televisions. In addition to tweeting and blogging about her showmance with failed Romeo Kris Humphries, not to mention selling broadcast rights to her wedding to E! and exclusive wedding photos to People magazine, the celebutante pulled a Greta Garbo when her prince apparently turned into a frog after 72 days of marriage.
Momager Kris Jenner declared her daughter’s decision to divorce should not be fodder for a public feeding frenzy. “She’s not the first person in the world to get a divorce or to have something like this happen to (her), and she won’t be the last,” Jenner said. “People have to stop judging.” Given that Kardashian first gained fame with an allegedly leaked sex tape and made almost every detail about her marriage public, Jenner’s impassioned appeal to respect her daughter’s privacy rang hollow, although it did reveal a heretofore hidden gift for comedy.
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