1. At the time of writing, MI-iii, with a domestic gross of $133 million (compared with a budget of $150 million+) clearly performed far below expectations.
2. Bear in mind, this is more of a suggestive hopeful vision than reality: while Perez asserts that star consumers have become accepting of homosexuality, in reality, coming out would in all probability significantly decrease Cruise's earning power.
3. According to a survey conducted by the Simmons Market Research Bureau, gays represent the ultimate “DINK” market – Double Income, No Kids. The annual value of the gay and lesbian market exceeds $514 billion; the average household income for gay men was $52,624, 41% above the national average.
6. Bass is currently developing a reality show for UPN; in October of 2006, Bass and Reichen were presented with the Human Rights Campaign Visibility Award.
7. While Perez remains firm in his stance that coming out as a homosexual will not damage one's career, I must agree with Cruise: his star image is predicated on such an intense sense of masculinity that coming out as a homosexual would undoubtedly deharmonize his constructed image. Granted, Perez seems to be arguing that his attempts at hiding his homosexuality – his relationship with Cruise in particular – have already enacted such a deharmonization....so why not come out?
8. In a recently televised Queer Edge interview, Perez explains the genesis of his name as such: while club-hopping on New Year’s Eve in Miami, as they left each club, the promoter would exclaim “Oh don’t leave – Paris Hilton is coming later.” According to Hilton, after the third or fourth club, he realized that Paris Hilton definitely wasn’t coming – they were simply using the promise of her name to convince people to stay and buy more drinks. He turned to his friends and announced “Puh-lease, Paris Hilton is not showing up, but Perez Hilton might!” Watch the interview in its entirety at:
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“Katie” expands this thought further, writing
10. Interestingly, Hilton originally encouraged readers to watch Spelling’s new reality show; he was even invited to her wedding. But after Spelling and her fiancé eloped, eliminating her potential for publicity, both by Perez and the rest of the gossip world, he has turned against her – clearly, her move indicates an unwise publicity move, which further decreases her skill at celebrity and worthiness of affection. The dichotomy between “deserving” and “undeserving” stars reinforces the notion that “magic” and “talent” are indeed essential to the production of a star.
11. Beckham also designs mid-priced jeans for Rock and Republic, effectively commodifying her own image and allowing others to purchase and emulate (and thus reify it) for themselves.
12. Indeed, in a post from June 29th, Perez writes,
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