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Starlets for Sale

This is what I don’t get. American celebrities rent themselves out to Russian oligarchs to come to their parties and serve as exotic poodles that the rich guests stare at. Yes, they get paid for it but aren’t they rich enough already? Why would somebody like Demi Moore, for instance, demean herself like this for a few bucks?

I’m not talking about B-list starlets like Brittany Murphy who overdosed at a Russian oligarch’s party and died as a result*. Or Mila Jovovich, who rents herself out for really sad, paltry sums to go to drunken parties organized by these oligarchs. These characters don’t have a choice but to trawl parties in hopes of a payout. But the truly famous ones, how come they don’t believe it makes sense to preserve their dignity intact and refuse this sort of jobs? It’s humiliating as shit to have bored rich ladies and gentlemen gawp at you, point their fingers and laugh, like you are a freak. Or is nothing humiliating if you are getting paid?

I don’t get this.

* Make sure you look at the Wikipedia entry about Murphy and the causes of her death. It’s beyond ridiculous.

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10 thoughts on “Starlets for Sale

  1. For some, greed has no boundary.

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  2. Stringer bell on said:

    These people may be rich in the sense that they have earned a lot of money in their life, but they spend money like idiots too. So they have to demean themselves to crawl out of their financial holes.

    Johnny Depp has squandered hundreds of millions of dollars and is now blaming his manager.

    http://jezebel.com/johnny-depp-emails-reveal-he-knew-he-was-in-financial-t-1796255636

    Manager writes to him:

    “Third, I need to be able to sit with you on your return from this trip, and before you leave for France, so that we can talk about where we are financially, what we have borrowed in order to sustain ourselves, what we have had to do to obtain those borrowings, what is now necessary to pay those borrowings back and, finally, to look realistically at income and expenses and to work together on how to make sure that these are back in balance.”

    Depp replies:

    “what else can i do??? you want me to sell same art??? i will. you want me to sell something else??? sure… what??? boat is going to be chartered at new years and sony will then charter it for the TOURIST shoot in venice. other than that, i got bikes, cars, property, books, paintings and some semblance of a soul left, where would you like me to start???”

    Soul? Keep it Johnny, that’s not worth much.

    As always, there’s a @dril tweet that perfectly summarizes the situation.

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    • God. These people are from a different planet. Such empty, ridiculous lives.

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      • Stringer bell on said:

        I omitted the first part of his reply to the manager.

        “dear joel=

        first, thank you for dealing and getting me through. secondly, i am doing my very best on holiday spending, but there is only so much i can do, as i need to give my kiddies and famille as good a Christmas as possible,”

        This is a perpetually drunk piece of shit who beats his wife (there’s video). Look at him being so concerned about giving his family a good christmas.

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        • And I used to like him as an actor. 😦 It’s truly easier not to know anything about their lives.

          There is a similar problem with great writers.

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          • Stringer bell on said:

            After a certain threshold, any more money is truly cancerous to one’s existence and to the lives of one’s children.

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            • Absolutely! And especially to the children. I only want enough money to buy books and travel a couple of times a year. Beyond that, I don’t want anything, to be honest.

              Oh, and get good medical care, of course.

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          • “And I used to like him as an actor”

            Never much liked Depp in any way shape or form, the most mannered actor in living memory (his whole technique seems to be making a single silly face and maintaining it as long as possible).

            I think there was something I like him in but I can’t remember what…

            Another disgusting factoid is that he stinks (literally) as he seldom bathes (I’ve seen cleaner looking hair on homeless people).

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