Growing up I think most of us were taught that there are two sides to every story. First your sister would recount how she got that bruise, then you would rebut with what she did first, and Mom would decide who had to sit in the corner. It's now our turn to be the Mom when it comes to celebrity gossip tales. We've generally only heard one side -- the magazine/website/TV show story -- but now some celebrities want us to know their version of the event.
Forget that Wikipedia, Twitter, press releases, and entertainment interviews are all free ways for the glitterati to set the record straight -- it's just not enough. Thankfully there's a new website, iCorrect, that lets famous people rebuke claims made about them in the press. It costs $1,000 a year per celeb and stars like Sienna Miller, Tommy Hilfiger, and Kate Moss have signed up and posted "corrections" they'd like the public to read. It may be expensive to join, but it's free for us to peruse. Yay?
I don't know what's more embarrassing for the celebrities who use iCorrect: the fact that it simply gives more weight and attention to a rumor, or the fact that no one cares whether the rumors they correct are true or false.
First of all, the website looks like a pregnancy test with its baby blue and pink boxes and red lines. Second of all, the celebrities on the site are not really ones we care about, and the rumors they're clearing up are about as salacious as the fact that I somehow got free walnuts in my salad today even though I didn't order them.
Kate Moss and Sienna Miller want you to know they're not on Twitter nor Facebook, and Tommy Hilfiger, for the one billionth time, wants you to know that he doesn't hate black people wearing his clothes. Oooh. Juicy.
The idea for iCorrect isn't totally crazy -- but they're marketing it to the wrong people. At first I thought it would be interesting to read celebrity corrections, but it's intensely boring. Maybe if the site were geared at normal people who've been in the public eye for one reason or another and have something to defend, that would be more interesting.
For example, I'd like to hear what Rebecca Black would correct about news out there about her. Or any of the Idol contestants -- let's hear what they want to set straight. Or the Double Rainbow guy, or a newscaster that cursed on air, or something in that ilk. I want to hear what the little people have to say, not the big people with PR agents.
And they've got to do something about the site design because according to them, I'm having a boy.
What do you think of iCorrect?
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