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Shahs of Sunset: Bravo – What Were You Thinking?

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I watched Shahs of Sunset two nights ago and am still kicking myself for making such a poor life decision. As a loyal Bravo viewer, I trust their judgment when it comes to producing a hit reality TV series. I’ll even watch Tabatha Takes Over if it’s the only thing on TV – but Shahs of Sunset? Never again. It’s just not entertaining to me.

Let’s play a quick elementary style game: Shahs of Sunset is to Persians what Jersey Shore is to Italians.

Snooki and Deena might not get this analogy, but I’m assuming most of you will. Laymens terms = it does not depict Iranian-Americans in the best light. See minute 1:07 in the video below. GG, the most annoying person on the show actually says, “Two things I don’t like: I don’t like ants and I don’t like ugly people.” Really, those are the two things you don’t like? I’m sure the editors had a ball with this footage.

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Quite honestly, I find it painful to hear GG speak. She is 30 years old and her only job thus far in life has been to “spend her daddy’s money.” The other characters on the show are a little less intrusive, but still over the top. Shahs of Sunset, produced by Ryan Seacrest, has been receiving multiple forms of criticism in the media. According to Fox News, Iranian-Americans are up in arms over the stereotypes they claim it perpetuates. So much so, in fact, that petitions are circulating in Iranian communities to have the show yanked off the air.

Perusing Twitter, one will find the general public is mixed. A simple #ShahsOfSunset hashtag search on Twitter resulted in:

And even one from the Persian Princess herself:

As for me, no more time will be wasted on Shahs of Sunset. You?

ABC Announces “Duets”, Yet ANOTHER Signing Competition on TV to Keep Up With

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Apparently, TV execs think there is an unlimited amount of undiscovered talent in America.  ABC just announced they are jumping on the bandwagon of TV singing competitions with Duets, featuring celebrity judges Kelly Clarkson, Lionel Richie, Jennifer Nettles, Robin Thicke, set to air this summer. Is this necessary? Are we tapped out on these shows? The answer currently: not according to the ratings.

American Idol, now in it’s 11th year, finished up the 2011 season as the #1 show week after week topping the charts with almost 31 million viewers for the season finale. NBC’s The Voice premiered their first season with 12 million viewers, increasing it to 17 million for the 2012 premiere. Simon Cowell’s new show The X Factor was neck and neck with The Voice, as 12.5 million tuned in to the first show on September 11, 2011.

And you know where these millions of viewers turn to share their thoughts – straight to Facebook to Twitter? And I’m one of them! Anyone remember this guy from American Idol? I uploaded this picture of Scott McIntyre to Facebook in March of 2009 – I couldn’t believe he kept making it through each week.

Scott McIntyre

And thanks to DVR, #TheVoice has been trending all week as the judges are in the process of choosing who will be on their final team.
The Voice

We’ll see if Duets can garner as many viewers as newcomers The Voice and The X Factor. My prediction: with ratings this high – these shows aren’t going anywhere. Hey Oprah: maybe you should think about putting a singing competition up on OWN! 😉

Social Media Changing the World: Kony 2012

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*Update! The Kony 2012 video just became the most viral video in history with 100 million views in 6 days. Read more here: http://mashable.com/2012/03/12/kony-most-viral/

If you have ever doubted the power of social media to help change the world, then this blog post serves to change your opinion.

On Monday, March 5th, Invisible Children, a nonprofit organization that stands against the use of child soldiers in Africa, uploaded a moving and powerful video on the Lord’s Resistance Army Leader, Joseph Kony. The purpose of this video as stated by Invisible Children “aims to make Joseph Kony famous, not to celebrate him, but to raise support for his arrest and set a precedent for international justice.”  Today, March 8th, the video now has nearly 37 million views, and counting…

I don’t want to give too much away, because the video is meant to be watched and not summarized. Invisible Children proves that with the power of young people, social media, and a need to help make a better world, a simple click of the button “share” on Facebook can assist in creating an absolute revolution against the number one worst war criminal in the world.  In 2011, Invisible Children used the power of social media and the efforts of supporters world wide to make the problems in Africa known and it resulted in President Obama agreeing to send troops to Africa to provide assistance to regional forces that are working toward the removal of Joseph Kony.  The Kony 2012 campaign serves to demonstrate to the U.S. government that the people care, and if we do not show that we care, the mission in Uganda will be cancelled. Kony abducts children, forces boys to murder their parents, forces young girls into being sex slaves, teaches these children how to mutilate people, and worst of all, brainwashes them into thinking this is the correct way to live. Just this month so far, Kony as abducted 53 children. If 53 children were abducted in the U.S. in the last 8 days, the story would be front page news on every magazine and newspaper.

The video urges people to take make Joesph Kony known. Not because it will help America, and not because it will help any of us personally but because, as human beings, we can’t let one person destroy a country’s entire population of children. One part of the video I find most interesting is when the narrator of the video and Invisibile Children co-founder, Jason Russel, interviews his own son on the issue. To see this issue from an American child’s point of view puts things into such a simple perspective. Take a look for yourself and help spread the message!

Bad last name? Watch out for Facebook!

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For as long as I can remember, I have always had comments made about my last name. You wouldn’t know it from my blog name but my last name is Slutsky and for obvious reasons, you can probably understand why these comments have been instilled throughout my life. It never caused any serious issues for me or my family, if anything it allows me to close a bar tab as fast as possible and I seem to get a large number of friend requests followed by marriage proposals on Facebook from people I do not know.  Until yesterday…. when my sister received this e-mail from Facebook Headquarters.

 

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From: The Facebook Team <info+mpzoup2.aeazonthda@support.facebook.com>
Date: Wed, Feb 29, 2012 at 9:30 AM
Subject: Re: Disabled – Fake Name
To: *******.*******@gmail.com

Hi,

Facebook is a community where people use their real identities. We require everyone to provide their real first and last names and real birthday so you always know who you’re connecting with.

Your account is temporarily suspended because your profile doesn’t list your real name. Before we can reopen this account, we need to verify your identity.

Please reply to this email and attach a digital image of one of the acceptable documents outlined below so we can verify your account information. We will permanently delete our record of this digital image from our servers after we use it to confirm your identity.

If you have a government-issued ID (ex: passport or driver’s license) please attach that.

If you do not have a government-issued ID, please attach copies of at least TWO documents that:

– Are from a respected institution (ex: business, school, university)
– Combined show your full name, birthday, and picture

Some examples of acceptable documents include:

– School or work ID
– Utility bill
– Marriage license
– Legal name change paperwork
– Credit card (with the number blacked out)
– Birth certificate

Once we receive your response with the proper identification attached, we can assist you further. In the meantime, don’t create a new account because this could make it more difficult to resolve your issue.

Note that we will not be able to take any action on this account unless we receive the proper documents. Sorry for the inconvenience.

For more information on our name policies, please visit:

https://www.facebook.com/help/?page=258984010787183

Thanks,
The Facebook Team
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Yes. This is real-not a scam. At first, I thought it was some kind of Facebook hack but after further investigation, it appears my last name is part of a “blacklist” of names that Facebook does not allow because they appear to be ‘fake’…for obvious reasons. I found another young woman who had this same thing happen to her with the last name “Istanbul.”  This is absolute discrimination by Facebook! You can’t choose your last name and a company that relies heavily on names to connect people to one another  should not have the right to kick people off Facebook at their command without warning.

She got it sorted out last night and Facebook officially apologized for the “mistake.”- Take that Mark Zuckerburg. Thankfully, they are now aware of our name and hopefully I will not run into this issue as  my  job relies on Facebook to keep the Gossip Genie clients afloat! Consider this post as a warning to all you bad last namers out there, stay strong!

Mini Meatball…Snooki’s Pregnant!

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This morning, I think we are all witnessing the first signs of the Apocalypse, Jersey Shore’s Snooki is PREGNANT. As I scrolled through my Facebook news feed, I felt like I was experiencing morning sickness when reading about the expecting guidette. The father is Jionni LaValle, so Snooki claims…

To most, expecting a child is one of life’s greatest joys, to Snooki it means money. Hollywood has not only changed the ideology behind marriage, but also motherhood.  Beyonce’s collapsing bump is reason number one that Hollywood is to blame for pregnancy being more about the effect on a personal brand than about the gift of life. I personally believe that Beyonce used a surrogate to carry her baby but that argument is for another post.

Back to America’s ‘now’ pregnant train-wreck, Snooki. She is the last person on earth that is fit to be a mother, I wouldn’t be surprised if child services has already contacted her to arrange the confiscation of her mini meatball.

Snooki has high hopes, she wants to be the next Kourtney Kardashian. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Kourtney Kardashian but if that’s the person you’re striving to be, you’re pretty pathetic.

It’s sad to say but I think we are witnessing the birth of America’s poster child for fetal alcohol syndrome. Can you imagine anything worse than having Snooki as your mom?

Snooki’s positive pregnancy test landed her a Jersey Shore spin-off show with JWow, which will document her even more intense craving for pickles and sex…can’t wait…

Millions Share Their Thoughts on Whitney Houston via Social Media

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I found out that Whitney Houston had died via Facebook. I confirmed the story was true after I checked Twitter. By 8 p.m. on February 10, 2012, just an hour after Ms. Houston’s death was first reported (on Twitter), 18 percent of all Twitter posts mentioned “Whitney.”

When someone dies, social media spreads the news like wildfire. On February 18, 2012, 1,500 people physically attended Whitney Houston’s Home Going (her family specifically requested it not be referred to as a funeral) at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ. A staggering 14 million others viewed it on various TV networks and live streams from the Internet.

I happened to be watching it on E! where they created the hashtag #WhitneyTributes to collectively allow viewers to share their thoughts on Twitter in real time. Throughout the entire service I found myself going back and forth between watching the ceremony and reading the tweets of other viewers. I even sent a few tweets myself.

I was humbled at how social media allowed millions of people to celebrate the life as well as mourn the loss of Whitney – arguably one of the greatest voices this generation has ever known. When Alicia Keys sang an emotional, “Send Me An Angel,” thousands of tweets went out to salute the performance.

The legacy of Whitney Houston will live on through her music and her films, and thanks to social media – through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest too.

How to get Amazing Karma

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Do you ever find yourself performing a good deed and wondering when some good karma is going to come back your way? Well with our newest client’s soon-to-launch website, you may be able to do that! AmazingKarma.com acknowledges acts of kindness, honesty, and courtesy, while exposing acts of unkindness, dishonesty, and discourtesy. The more Karma points you collect, the more points you can redeem at over 18,000 vendors! OR, you can use the points toward a charitable donation. Before the big launch, Amazing Karma is looking for website testers in exchange for 100 Karma Points to use as a charitable donation or for yourself to get consumer goods. Watch the video below and then head on over to AmazingKarma.com to register your e-mail. You’ve got nothing to lose and good karma to gain! 🙂

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Smell Those Roses!

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We have all heard the expression, “stop and smell the roses” but what does that really mean? Who has time to stop and smell anything when life is about trying to be as efficient as possible? My days, like many others are over before I realize they have even started. My post-it note to-do list grows longer on a daily basis and none of my tasks include, “stopping to smell the roses.” I guess, I never considered that kind of thing productive and sadly, I don’t condone being unproductive, even for a minute. If digital media had a smell, my nostrils would be coated but most days, the only thing I smell is ink from my printer.

However, after reading this story, I think I will take some time today and smell the roses because we all deserve a break to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us in the midst of chaos.

(Taken from Facebook) This is so amazing. Please take a moment to read:
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Happy Valentine’s Day! – Love, Social Media

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Valentine’s Day is a day to spend with that special person, eat chocolate, and of course, post photos on your Facebook of those dozen roses delivered to your office. My news feed is currently filled with these photos. As I scroll through and admire these beautiful bouquets,  I recall a day when, on Valentine’s Day, no one would really know if you received flowers! We couldn’t tweet, Facebook, pin, or even send a picture text message-GASP! Nowadays, it keeps us ‘in the know’…. “Did you see Ashley’s mobile upload of her flowers? I wonder who she is dating now. She’s still single on Facebook?”….”O-M-G, Erica posted a photo of flowers today, I wonder if her and Joey are back together?” I am sure the photos on your newsfeed have you wondering and this is the brilliance behind social media. We willingly let people into our lives and then choose how much information to release.

For now, let’s sign out of Facebook, get off Twitter, and enjoy Valentine’s Day sans social media. If you’re single, don’t let those photos get you down, call up a friend, open a bottle of wine, and it will be February 15th before you know it.

One more thing: This is the most heart-warming Valentine’s Day related Facebook post I’ve seen all day! Enjoy.

 

"So today I was in Hallmark buying my mom a Happy Birthday card when I noticed this old man standing in front of the Valentine's Day card section contemplating which one to get. I decide to go over and I ask him “Are you getting a Valentine’s Day for your wife?” in which he replies 'No my wife died 3 years ago from breast cancer but I still buy her roses and a card and bring them to her grave to prove to her that she was the only one that will ever have my heart' "

 

 

How to Achieve Immediate Fame: Get Cast On Any of Bravo’s Real Housewives Series

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I have tuned in to pretty much every single Real Houswives of ________ (insert Orange County, New York, Atlanta, DC, Miami, New Jersey, Beverly Hills here). I’m not proud of how much time I’ve wasted watching these shows, but I’m hooked, there’s no going back. What’s mind blowing is how much fame these women have gained as a result of being thrust into the spotlight on Bravo’s most popular series. Let’s take a quick look at some of the success stories of the once unknown, now tabloid gold ladies from my favorite shows.

Bethenny Frankel is now worth a cool $120 million, mainly due to the sale of her Skinnygirl business, which was first introduced in the form of the Skinnygirl Margarita on The Real Housewives of New York. She also has her own spinoff show on Bravo: Bethenny Ever After, books, DVDs, workout programs, you name it, she’s doing it. Talk about rags to riches.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta firecracker NeNe Leaks has appeared in several TV shows, including her most recent role as Roz Washington on Fox’s Glee on February 7, 2012. And who could forget her lashing out about Star Jones and Donald Trump on Celebrity Apprentice? Yikes.

Andy Cohen recently brought it to everyone’s attention that more tuned in to watch the second season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills than Kelsey Grammer’s show, Boss. Former wife of the Emmy-Award-Winning actor, Camille Grammer, could only smirk as she admitted to liking the fact that her show received more viewers than Kelsey’s latest TV series. Great, now change your last name.

Outspoken Teresa Giudice, from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, is the author of two New York Times Bestseller Cookbooks with another on the way and, following in the footsteps of NeNe, was also cast on Celebrity Apprentice. Teresa is most definitely a hustler trying desperately to get out of the $11 million debt that her hubbie Joe put their family in. FAB-U-LOUSSSS!

Kim Zolciak from The Real Housewives of Atlanta, earns the title of laziest housewife, yet somehow she has managed to have a hit single, a wig line, have a baby with an NFL star, move into a mansion and get her own spinoff on Bravo, “Don’t Be Tardy For The Wedding.” SWEEEEEEEETIE!!!!!!! HELP ME!!!!!!

I just want my chance. Bravo, when are you doing a Chicago series?!