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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this popular online source for celebrity gossip and entertainment news has a reputation for being first to break some of the most salacious celebrity antics, and relies on paparazzi video, photos, and legal documents to support its news items. There are many references to drinking, rehab, lawsuits, clubbing, love gone bad, and physical appearance. Comments are frequently a forum for rants that include racial slurs and other demeaning remarks. It also links to just about every celebrity gossip site out there, including some that might not be safe for kids.
What's it about?
The "TMZ" in TMZ.COM refers to "Thirty Mile Zone," a term first coined in the 1960s to describe the area surrounding the former offices of The Association of Motion Picture and Television Producers. If the site's steady stream of scandal is anything to go by, the zone is now a steamy swamp of underage drinking, drug use, DUIs, bitter divorces, courtroom dramas, and custody battles. If you want to know who's suing who, who's breaking up, who's hooking up, who's under arrest, and who's headed for the Big House, this site (which is also a TV show) seems to know about it before anyone else, and has the access to the legal documents, photos, and video to prove it.
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Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how tabloids have affected the way we view celebrities, or our interest level in celebrities in general. Can some of the items on the site really be considered news? Why do you think people are so interested in seeing footage of famous people doing the everyday things that "normal" people do?