Celebrity Exposé

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Gossipy guilty pleasure is no role model for kids.

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Positive Messages

The series focuses on documenting reckless, self-destructive, and/or illegal celebrity behavior -- and relishes presenting these stories to viewers. While the show will cover any celebrity making headlines, female celebrities appear to be featured more predominantly.

Violence

Some celebs exhibit aggressive behavior (often toward photographers).

Sex

Includes discussion of celebrity romances; some hugging and kissing visible. Stories have also covered nude pictures (and the scandals they cause) and sex tapes made by various celebrities.

Language

Words like "hell" are audible in taped footage; stronger fare, like "f--k," is bleeped out.

Consumerism

Features popular celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Paris Hilton, and Owen Wilson. Hollywood venues, hotels, and nightclubs are sometimes visible.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Alcohol and cigarettes visible in some segments. Alcohol and drug addiction is discussed, as are DUIs and drug possession.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this tabloid-like newsmagazine series covers the latest headline-grabbing exploits of popular celebrities, homing in on their outrageous, self-destructive, and/or illegal behavior. Coverage can (and often does) include everything from nude photos and sex tape to alleged alcohol and drug addiction. Most of the show's iffy content is of the caught-on-tape variety, but the fact that the show thrives on the kind of behavior that no parent would want their kids emulating is disturbing enough.

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What's the story?

CELEBRITY EXPOSÉ is a tabloid show that dishes on some of Tinsel Town's most famous -- and infamous -- celebrities. In each episode, the series highlights the rise and fall of one of Hollywood's headline-grabbing elite. Using previously recorded interviews, archived news footage, and commentary from a variety of "experts," the show looks at the celebrity's rise to fame, as well as whatever current drama has put him or her in the spotlight.

Is it any good?

Like any celebrity newsmagazine show, Celebrity Exposé exploits any shocking events that are actually caught on camera. In an effort to keep the "exposé" from becoming redundant (which is what showing the same footage over and over again tends to do), psychologists offer their two cents about what they see. The featured celeb's estranged parents, friends, and assistants also weigh in with their thoughts

The show is a TV gossip column that highlights the salacious details of a celeb's life gone wrong. Analyzing everything from a troubled star's first crush to his or her latest film flop, CE tries to flesh out every aspect of stars' lives in order to shed light on their latest outrageous and self-destructive antics. Bottom line? It's the kind of thing that can be a true guilty pleasure, but since it doesn't provide true context (or truly thoughtful analysis), it's not much different from reading The Enquirer at the grocery store.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why some celebrities fall into a pattern of self-destructive behavior. Does the pressure of being a celebrity cause some of these meltdowns? Is the media responsible for some of their behavior? Families can also talk about looking at celebrities as role models. Does being famous automatically make someone a role model for kids? How does it feel when a celebrity you look up to begins to behave inappropriately?

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