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    America's Obsession With Celebrity

    LOL! Reading this story in the Metro. A 21-year old prankster, Brett Cohen, and a group of friends planned a fake celebrity stunt in Times Square. They recruited two bodyguards via Craigslist, planted paparazzi-style photographers and personal assistants. They entered NBC on 50th Street and exited at 49th Street to a small crowd of people who had gathered after his "assistants" told them a big celebrity was about to exit. The crowd grew as Cohen (dressed to look the part) signed autographs and posed for about 300 photos! One of Cohen's friends interviewed the fans. Some of the people said they recognized Cohen from "Spider-Man". Some said they loved his music! In one group of excited teenagers, a girl can be heard saying, "This is the best day of my life! I love him!"

    "I think it's ridiculous," Cohen laughed. "It makes a point about culture and how people are so obsessed with celebrity."

    The prank continued for several blocks until one of Cohen's bodyguards ushered the fake crew into a hotel bar. The crowd eventually dissipated. At the end of the video, Cohen is seen walking to the subway as if nothing happened!

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    For those who would like to see it, you can find the video here.

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    I have all of his albums.
    It's official. I am madly in love with Meryl Davis.

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    Well, I was a fan back BEFORE he was famous!!
    I know. But I do not approve. And I am not resigned.
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    This is great!
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    Then we will all burn together

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    Quote Originally Posted by PeterG View Post
    I have all of his albums.
    Quote Originally Posted by cygnus View Post
    Well, I was a fan back BEFORE he was famous!!
    He fathered MY child, but he won't acknowledge it.
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    My wife tutored him for his bar mitzvah!

    Wow, what fools these mortals be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reuven View Post
    My wife tutored him for his bar mitzvah!
    Well, that COULD be true.

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    I don't think it's just America's obsession, but that is pretty funny.

    On a related but not funny note, when CNN was interviewing one of the witnesses from this morning's shootings by the Empire State Bldg, she said that she didn't realize what had happened (had headphones on, so heard no gun shots) but she started running toward the scene when she saw people running because she "thought it was a celebrity sighting".
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    This guy ranks second only to some liberal leaning political pranksters that I like: I hope we see more "sightings."

    I think our tabloids might now be more salacious than their British counterparts (nothing to be proud of imho.)

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    Hey, he took me to the prom in 1977!
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    And his ancestors are from Finland, so he is related to me

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    Waiting for the sex tape to surface

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    What an eye opening story. Thanks for posting.

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    Too funny and sad, and not hard to believe.

    Back at 1998 Worlds, I saw Robin Cousins giving an autograph to a mom & kid in the program. I went over to get my autograph, as I always loved him. As he was handing the program back to the kid, the mom pointed to on of the other autographs and asked Robin whose autograph that was. Robin poliitely turned it around and answered that is Peter Carruthers. The mom then asked who Peter was and Robin replied he was a US pair champion. The mother then pointed to another autograph, and then Robin saw me waiting and said he had to give another autograph. I smiled at him, thanked and said I loved his skating.
    I think these kids just get autographs because someone else is - but to not mark down who it is (it can be hard to read them later on- I always put in pencil nearby who it is).
    And Robin, who always seemed like a class act to met, just went up even more. He was really kind.

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    Mrs Reuven lobbychicked him in the stands at ’86 SA. He was very gracious. Class act all around.
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    I never understood autograph seeking but I will never forget how gracious Todd Eldridge was to my mother when she asked for his (she barely gets around on her crutches.)

    Not counting police programs and the news: Have we seen death on reality tv yet? When does death become a game or has it already happened and I missed it? Have we sunk that low yet? I just keep thinking about the Roman Coliseum and wonder if we are so far off...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cachoo View Post
    Not counting police programs and the news: Have we seen death on reality tv yet? When does death become a game or has it already happened and I missed it? Have we sunk that low yet?
    I've seen clips of the new reality TV show "Honey BOO BOO". The premier got high ratings for TLC. So yes, we've "sunk that low".

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    I used to like him, but he totally sold out.

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