The Cost of Celebrity Isn’t What It Used To Be

  Magazines are no longer shelling out millions to show celebrity spawn. Is the recession killing off on area of journalism?  

When I’m not writing about the recession, race and culture, or sexuality I’m writing about Rihanna’s daily steps for pay.

Yes, I’m one of many growing writers who dabble in the world of celebrity journalism in order to not dance in the world of homelessness.

Like it or not (I tend to have a mixture of both sentiments) people click more on the stars than they do on the stats on their daily lives. Because of this entertainment magazines will shell out millions of dollars for shots of celebrity babies and networks will pay hundreds of thousands for the wedding of a Laker and a woman who’s famous because her sister had a sex tape with Brandy’s brother.

That is, they used to.

For a while there despite everyone else suffering celebrity journalism was still soaring via the readers’ need for escapism and our society’s obvious obsession with celebrity.

But, it looks like rough times have finally met the glossy word of the glossy magazine.

In “The Brad and Britney Crash,” Daily Beast writer Nicole LaPorte sheds light on how even the celebrity wing of media is suffering.

She writes:

More recently, however, the celebrity media bubble has burst—destroyed by the recession, among other factors—leaving hordes of paparazzi, the agencies that employ them, and the magazines and Web sites that showcase their wares, facing a new, very bleak reality.