Wow, the list of assholes is so long, I hardly know where to begin. Of course you’ve all heard about the leak of pictures of a visibly injured Rihanna, taken by the LAPD after her domestic violence incident with Chris Brown. While I, along with several other outlets (People, Jezebel) refuse to post these horrific pictures, many other folks felt it was appropriate (i.e. lucrative) to show these photos. Let’s be honest, they can say they’re doing it in the interest of bringing light to a horrible, common crime, but the fact is, they’re exploiting a young girl’s abuse for ratings, web hits and to sell magazines. And it’s disgusting. So, without further ado, my list of Assholes of the Week:
Of course, the biggest asshole in this situation remains Chris Brown, who attacked Rihanna in the first place. His pathetic, half-ass apology didn’t help at all.
Next up is the shithead at the LAPD who leaked the pictures. I hope they catch his or her ass and fire them immediately.
Then we have TMZ and its soulless managing editor Harvey Levin, who think it’s OK to make tons of money off the abuse of a young woman, simply because she’s famous.
Oh, and Perez Hilton? Fuck you, too.
Of course, it doesn’t surprise that Nick Denton’s willing to link to TMZ’s pictures. He’d post pictures of people eating babies if he thought it’d get him page views. Whore.
We already know the New York Post wouldn’t know class, journalistic integrity or ethics if they slapped them in the face, so it’s no surprise these jerks ran the picture on their front page.
And then Regis and Kelly, who just graduated from simply annoying to annoying assholes, felt it necessary to hold up a copy of the Post on their show, giving the pictures further publicity. Klassy, guys, really fucking klassy.
Did I miss anyone? If so, rake ’em over the coals in the comments.