A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this gossip/celebrity news series stars influential celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and highlights the questionable behavior of many popular celebrities (including stints in rehab, violent incidents, and more). While Perez is very knowledgeable about the entertainment industry, his commentary and interviews are filled with silly and often crude sexual humor (not to mention salty language, from words like "bitch" and "whore" to bleeped uses of "s--t" and "f--k").
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What's the story?
Celebrity news blogger Perez Hilton moves his gossip talk from the Web to the small screen in WHAT PEREZ SEZ. Calling himself the \"Queen of Media,\" the out-and-proud Perez shares his thoughts about anything and everything pertaining to celebrities, from red carpet fashions to run-ins with the law. In each installment -- which is as much about Perez as it is about the folks he talks about -- Perez shows highlights from the latest awards show and interviews the celebs who are willing to speak to him. His silly, often crude humor is full of profanity and strong sexual innuendo. Some of his favorite topics include talking to people about the size of their genitals and discussing his lust for specific musicians.
Is it any good?
As obnoxious as he can seem on camera, this blogger-turned-TV host has become a cultural icon because of his ability to successfully dish about other cultural icons. While his sharp commentary sometimes seems mean-spirited, it also demonstrates a real understanding of the music and entertainment industry and its role in society today. Time even named him one of the top 100 most influential people of 2007. (Which opens up a whole other can of worms, but that's neither here nor there.)
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about bloggers and their role in today's society. What makes some bloggers so influential? Should they be considered journalists, reporters, or something else entirely? Do you take bloggers as seriously as you do other writers? Why or why not? Families can also discuss celebrity gossip. What's behind our obsession with stars and what they do? Is celebrity news really "news"? Do the majority of people truly care about the wild behavior of stars, or do they care because that's what the media is feeding them?
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