A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Trash-talking in the comments can escalate to racial slurs. ("He don't want no freaking Asian…Go make me some fried rice"). A post on Padma Lakshmi and Salman Rushdie's divorce unleashed some anti-Muslim commentary.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
References to celebrity hookups, breakups, makeups, and vacation frolics on the beach, but that's about it.
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A few censored things in the comments.
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Products & Purchases
Lipton White Tea with Raspberry is the only brand featured on the site, and is done so in a subtle, understated way.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
References to celebrities in rehab or getting DUIs.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is Yahoo!'s new destination for everything celebrity-related, with photos and video galore. It seems more wholesome than other celeb news and gossip sites, with a marked lack of footage (so far, anyway) showcasing young Hollywood's inebriation or lack of interest in underwear. News stories come from reliable sources like Reuters and AP, and state the facts, without gossipy speculation. Comments, on the other hand, include many a rant for or against a particular celebrity, some of which escalate to trash talking that includes religious or racial slurs. Comment monitoring seems to be in the hands of users, with a "Report Abuse" function that sends a message to customer support. Unilever and Pepsi are the site's exclusive sponsors and feature ads that are understated and well integrated into the site's layout.
Is It Any Good?
With its tangerine color scheme, splashy photo-album-style layout, and handy check marks conveniently appearing on already viewed items, the site is easy to navigate and quite inviting, even if for all the wrong reasons. It's not unlike leafing through an issue of US Weekly or watching one of the entertainment news shows on TV. Not surprising, since Access Hollywood is omg.yahoo.com's main content provider, and the source for its many original news stories and videos. Maybe because of this, or maybe because it's Yahoo!, the site is less gossipy and slanderous than other celebrity sites. Yes, the content is lacking in any real educational value or depth, and is undeniably superficial, but if your teenager loves celebrity gossip, this site is a better choice than many.
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