A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Not all of the content is negative -- there are some posts that celebrate celebs' talents or discuss ways they're contributing to the community. But the good stuff is overshadowed by some really vile content. There are posts that "out" celebrities and mock people's appearances ("This over sized tangerine fruit was spotted at an ATL event"). And the site spreads unsubstantiated and hurtful rumors -- like the allegation that Chris Brown hit Rihanna because she gave him herpes.
Violence & Scariness
Covers news about violent crime.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pretty graphic sex talk ("my p---y" is up on D's stick") and discussion of technique. Lots of very sexual photos but no total nudity, although one post shows naked photos of a celebrity (which were leaked to the press) with the genital area obscured.
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Stronger curse words are censored in the forums, but anything goes in the comments, including "motherf---er," explicit sexual slang, and even some hate speech.
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Products & Purchases
Lots of ads, including a pop-up; has a store that sells T shirts. Promotes celebrity culture but doesn't necessary promote materialism.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Some mentions of pot, cocaine, and other drugs in stories. "Henny without any coke" -- the site's tagline -- refers to Hennessey liquor.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Bossip is a gossip blog that reports on black celebrities in the news. Unfortunately, a lot of the coverage is dedicated to hating on those celebs and spreading nasty rumors, à la PerezHilton. There's lots of strong language, sex talk, homophobia, and stereotypes about gender and race. Teens looking for harmless gossip about their favorite stars should go somewhere else.
Is It Any Good?
Billed as "gossip for the hardcore," BOSSIP is a frequently updated blog that focuses mainly on black celebrities. You could describe the site as a guilty pleasure -- admittedly, it's sometimes fun to read salacious stuff about stars -- if it wasn't so quick to mock people for being overweight, gay, "slutty," etc. There's some good stuff -- exclusive photos, videos, and interviews -- but it's largely eclipsed by Bossip's bullying approach.
Online interaction: Some of the forum discussions are friendly and positive, but the comments on posts are largely focused on tearing down celebrities (and sometimes other commenters).
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.