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Arment Dietrich

Shame On You!

By: Arment Dietrich | October 4, 2007 | 
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I am so sick of celebrities and their publicists exposing themselves for a little salacious publicity. The Paris debacle and those following her have been overshadowed by another newcomer, Vanessa Hudgens, 18, who just so happens to be the star of The Walt Disney Company’s hugely lucrative High School Musical franchise. Vanessa’s nude pictures were distributed all over the Internet last week, causing Disney and her publicists to work overtime.  Hudgens has confirmed that they are real, stating, “It is a personal matter and it is unfortunate that this has become public.” Some speculate this was the result of her publicist wanting to further Vanessa’s career and place her in mature movie roles. Disney said quickly that it was sticking with the 18-year-old star despite her “lapse in judgment”. Disney might have made a wise decision, fearing mothers across American would have to explain to their daughters why their favorite Disney idol was no longer on television.  What makes this newsworthy and why are the media, including credible outlets, eating this up?  —  Kristina Burn

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