What’s with the sense of entitlement?
Guess where every single link in the screenshot above leads to… Port’s self-hocking website. Here’s the point.
Maybe it’s just me but recently I’ve noticed a trend amongst the C-list celebs. Specifically, I’m choosing to use the twitterverse as my primary example. I’ve noticed this odd prerogative, this strange air of stardom that I find somewhat undeserving. I hate to call people out, especially people I somewhat like, but I feel that this specific argument calls for a specific target. I’m choosing Whitney Port.
I follow Whitney on twitter primarily because I liked the character I saw on The Hills. The City is a different story altogether but that actually ties nicely into my point. I read this girl’s tweets daily as the frequently pop up on my feed and I can’t help but think to myself, “You’re not a star, yet. You’re just a celebrity. You’re undeserving of said entitlement and you should use this small platform of fame that you have to the best of your ability. Start speaking like a human being, please.” I hate that most tweets that seem honest and real link directly to her personal website. Why can’t you link to plain twitpics like everyone else? Also, I loathe the fact that she constantly asks her true fans for opinions or advice and never replies back. That’s a farce and people can tell.
I should use direct examples:
“Does this make us look nerdy or cute? [gratuitous link to own website littered with links selling her Whitney Eve clothing line] haha”
“Watch this video message all the way from Spain [gratuitous link to own website littered with links selling her Whitney Eve clothing line]”
“@taylorswift13 I hope you are loving the Whitney Eve goodies! Have a great shoot! xoxo”
Anyway, I chose to make an example of Port because of how The City unfolded this season, as well. I loved watching Olivia Palermo refuse to acknowledge the existence of Port’s clothing line and its depicted rise to notoriety. Any viewer who takes a second to think realizes that the power of MTV and the production of the show is what forces Whitney Eve into the spotlight. I loved reading response tweets from viewers regarding the episodes as they aired complaining about Olivia and her lack of enthusiasm towards the line. Is this not the girl that Whitney heckled for two seasons behind the scenes?
[gratuitous screenshot of love of my life, Olivia Palermo]
I’m not saying Whitney is a terrible designer or that she’s undeserving. As I’ve said previously, I’m a fan of Port’s and I think she has a lot of potential. In fact, I actually bought my sister one of her pieces as a christmas gift and she loves it. Also, I could be using a bad example in Port. Maybe it’s just convenient to organize photos or posts on a blog that also conveniently hocks your brand.
Lastly, I’ll say this. Be good to your fans. Talk to them like equals and not like idiots. I understand that when you’re a few rungs down on the ladder of fame you have to sell your name brand but you would benefit so much from taking notes on celebrities like Lady Gaga who consider their fans friends. I’ll also say this. I somewhat chose Whitney as an example because I do like her and I wish her the best, hence why I chose to link frequently to her self-hocking promotional blog.
PS: If you want to check out a real, true blue example of what I’m talking about… Audrina is so much worse.