Friday, May 10, 2013

Farrah Makes Me Sad

I must be turning into an old lady because I find the Farrah Abraham porn tape situation incredibly sad. I watched 16 and Pregnant and the first couple seasons of Teen Mom for the trash factor, and while I never liked Farrah very much, she seemed so dim that I almost felt sorry for her. Some may argue that her marketing strategy of this porn tape is genius. After all, she got people talking about it, people are still talking about it, and there was a record number of downloads. I never even heard of James Deen prior to all of this, and now I know who he is.  Somehow, though, any level of genius seems to feel accidentally stumbled upon, rather than planned.

Farrah allegedly made a million bucks doing it. (Ironic that she's continually been able to earn a living by merely having sex -- first through Teen Mom, and now through porn.)  But keep in mind that she’s only 21 years old. A million bucks (minus nearly a third in taxes) isn’t going to carry her very far or for very long. She isn’t someone who is broke and had no other options. She presumably made some money off Teen Mom. I think she was going to college. She appears to have come from a loving, if not dysfunctional, family. (But whose family isn’t dysfunctional?) No one forced her to do this. I haven’t watched the video, but from what I’ve read, it is clear this isn’t her first rodeo. In fact, it is apparently quite a raunchy video and includes all the main elements of a good porno.

If she thought this would catapult her into a Kim Kardashian level of fame and wealth, she is bound to be disappointed. I’m no fan of Kim Kardashian, but that sequence of events isn’t one that we will often see duplicated. Many other E level “celebrities” have tried to pull off the accidental disclosure of the sex tape, but none of had the results of Kim Kardashian. (Remember Laurence Fishburne's daughter trying to do the same thing?)  Why not? The sex tape got Kim the show Keeping Up With the Kardashians, and her fame spiraled from there for reasons that I, quite honestly, don’t understand. I remember seeing Kim Kardashian at the airport many years ago, right around the time Keeping Up With the Kardashians started airing. She was without entourage and sitting right next to me in the waiting area. Some other passengers talked with her, and she allowed them to take pictures with her. Frankly, she couldn’t have been nicer. For her, the sex tape exposed her to the fame and proved to be a stepping stone.  For whatever reason, the show caught on, leading to multiple spin-offs, and it's gone from there.  But that is similar to the success of Justin Timberlake as compared to other members of boy bands, or Jodi Foster in the world of child actors. It happens once in a blue moon, but is certainly not the norm.

The difference between the Kardashian sex tape and the Farrah porn tape are staggering. Kim’s tape was clearly between her and her boyfriend, and I recall her being mocked because she didn’t seem all that into it and was just laying there. Kim also – despite what she knew about the leak – could validly claim that she was embarrassed the tape had leaked, and was meant to be kept private. She could validly claim that she had nothing to do with it, given that it was clearly a homemade, unprofessional tape. Farrah, on the other hand, specifically went out and made a well lit, well angled, close up porno with a famous male porn star.  (Did she really believe anyone would think it was a leaked sex tape between her and her boyfriend?)   Apparently she also comes across as a well-seasoned pro when it comes to sex.

So who would hire her to shill their product now? I heard some diet supplementary company hired her for $100,000, but that was before the release of the porno. Will E! give her show now?  Will anyone or any network want to be associated with her now? Who would hire her? What exactly do you do for a career after you film a 70 minute video of yourself getting rammed in every orifice by a male porn star and then gallivant around the country talking about it?  This isn't on the same level as even being on a trashy reality show, where some companies may want you to shill their product or show up at their openings.  It's beyond.  It's embarrassing.

Watching all this go down, including Farrah’s dim bulb interviews where she tries to insist that she did this to remember her body and celebrate her femininity should make me laugh, but it doesn’t. I feel sorry for her. The easy million she made might have made this seem like a great option, but the long term repercussions could be awful. Forever and ever she will be followed around by this video and the still shots of her getting plowed and giving blowjobs. Her daughter will see it. Her parents have probably seen some of it. Her friends have seen it.  I can't imagine.  I suppose if she wanted a career in porn, that’s one thing, but she doesn’t seem to want that. She said she isn’t planning on doing another video. We’ll see. I’m not sure what other options she is going to ultimately have.

I guess I just hate to see a young woman throw away her life. That’s what this feels like, especially considering that she had other options.  The worst part is that she doesn't even seem to realize it.

Monday, May 6, 2013

You Tubing A Workout

I recently started Turbo Fire, another Beach Body workout. It is so much fun, and I highly recommend it. But that’s not what this post is about.

One of the women on the Turbo Fire DVD reminds me of one of my coworkers. Her mannerisms, looks, everything. While at work today, I went over to You Tube to try to find a snippet of Turbo Fire so I could show her, and ….well…I found out that there are a lot of people out there who videotape themselves doing the Turbo Fire workout(s) and post them on You Tube. A little more searching showed me that there are thousands of people out there who videotape their workouts and put them up on You Tube.

I don’t understand this. Is this part of the “I’m so interesting” phenomena that leads people to Tweet or Instagram about every aspect of their life? Or is this a bunch of people who are hoping to somehow become famous?  I understand doing a video review of a product. That seems like something others might want to watch if they are trying to decide whether or not to buy a product. But, I don’t understand why you would record yourself doing the entire workout and then put it up on You Tube. Do people actually watch that kind of stuff? (I can’t imagine wanting to watch a stranger work out.)  It's amazing when you consider all the crap that is probably stored on You Tube's servers.  I swear, every day I feel like I’m getting more and more out of touch with all of this social networking type of stuff.  I just don't get it.  And I don't get how people have the time for it.

Anyway, my search for a snippet of Turbo Fire showing my coworker’s doppelganger was a bust. I’m just going to have to bring in the DVD to show her.