Friday, August 26, 2011

And the camera noses in to the tears on her face:
Stories about Russell Armstrong's suicide.

Publications: OK!, Weekly Life & Style, Us Weekly, Globe
Date: 5 Sept. 2011

Half of The Only Ten Magazines That Matter have stories about the suicide death of Russell Armstrong last week. Armstrong was the estranged husband of Taylor Armstrong of the reality TV show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Here are four of the headlines.
  • OK!: Russell's suicide
    why he didn't have to die
  • Globe: Curse of reality TV
    Shows blasted for tearing lives apart
  • Weekly Life & Style: Taylor devastated by suicide
    The chilling episodes you'll never see
  • Us Weekly: Reality suicide
    dark secrets exposed
    destroyed by their pursuit of fame
Let the record show that these gossip hounds say it's all reality TV's fault, as though the supermarket rags don't rely on reality TV for a large bulk of their stories. (To be fair to the Globe, because their audience skews older, they don't do reality TV gossip as much as the other mags on the list above.) There is one headline I didn't include because it's going to be in the running for Meanest Story of the Week.

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