Posted at 11:40 AM on September 4, 2007
by Jeff Horwich
Sanden and I had a nice run last week.
Within the space of just a few blog posts, we managed to attract attacks from shadowy hype-sters for three unusual products: Water that has been to space, a sports drink made from pickle brine, and George Michael.
Are these official P.R. folks, or just giant fans of said products, leaping to their defense?
Exhibit One, a response by "Jonni Oppenheimer" to Sanden's post on Microgravity Enterprises, which is sending ingredients out of the atmosphere and then making water and energy drinks:
"So, they have a gimmick. Big deal. Does it bother you that Red Bull gives you wings or you can "party like a rock star?" At least their gimmick is real. It really has been to space. Give them some credit, this is a very creative idea."
Exhibit Two, a more Socratic (market research-oriented?) response by "bsimon" to a post about "Pickle Juice Sport:"
"Is it disgusting because of the makeup of the brine, or because you think drinking out of a jar containing food that someone else might consume is disgusting?"
Exhibit Three, the response by "PILI" to my linking to a Newsweek slideshow that mentioned how George Michael (like Larry Craig) got busted for doing bad things in the bathroom:
"I PERSONALLY HAVE HAD ENOUGH OF THE GEORGE MICHAEL TRASHING. THIS IS OLD NEWS AND EVERYBODIES PERSONAL BUSINESS. LETS FOCUS ON OTHER THINGS REAL NEWS & WRITE FOR INSTANCE ABOUT THE FANTASTIC 25 LIVE TOUR HE JUST FINISHED THE 2ND LEG OF. IT WAS BRILLIANT!!!!"
Makes us wonder if getting snarky about B-list products (or celebrities) might be a fun new way to prompt comments to the blog....
Never been here before but I have George Michael on my Google alert and this came up!
Listen, you'll never find a bigger George fan than me, trust me. He is a legend as far as I'm concerned. In my eyes, he can do no wrong. Ever.
And yet, I cannot understand these fans who want to somehow erase history. George IS gay, he DID cruise in the bathroom, and he DID get charged. Whether it was entrapment is another story entirely. We'll never know. But I don't think it's out of bounds to include him in there. He did it, he regrets it, that's life.
And to all George Michael fans who read this, please grow up and try to be objective instead of so obsessed and blind. Yes, his music and tour will speak to his talents forever. Just know that and don't be a wacko fan. George, I'm sure, wouldn't like that.
I reckon that in the past year more than 1.5 Million people attended George Michael concerts, and these numbers are just for the European leg. The Tour, called 25Live, celebrating the 25 year of his carer, is going to Australia, Asia and America next year. The American public may be oblivious of George's success in the rest of the world, where he is, undoubtedly, as A-List as it gets! In Europe, he's more famous than Oprah & Paris Hilton put together. By far! That is why many people have "google alerts" for him and some will react.
I'm tempted to write:
"WHY DON'T YOU EVER WRITE ABOUT A LIST CELEBS. THEY ARE MUCH BETTER AND YOU KNOW PEOPLE WANT TO READ ABOUT THEM. I ONLY DRINK PICKLE JUICE THAT'S BEEN IN SPACE AND IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT YOU'RE CRAZY."
...but that would just be rude to those who are aficionados of such things.
Forget B-list products, we should just cover George Michael full time!
I was totally oblivious to his fame!
By the way, combining Oprah and Paris Hilton is by far the most frightening thought of the day. Gah!
When is George Michael touring the US? I saw the live broadcast from Wembley Stadium last June on British television and was kicking myself for not being there. The next day I saw the huge posters on the London buses and managed to get an overpriced last-minute ticket for the 2nd night from a tout. The seat was not bad but I was so jealous of those lucky lucky people upfront inside the circle of faith area having all the fun! The production was spectacular but George's voice alone is enough to fill a stadium! What a voice! I wanna see him again!
IT IS ABOUT THE TALENT, THE MUSIC AND HIS VOICE AND ALL THE REST IS EACH ARTIST OWN BUSINESS. I WOULDN'T WANT THE WORLD IN MY FACE ALL THE TIME WITH EVERY MIS STEP I MAKE. THAT IS WHAT I MEANT. NASTY GOSSIP IS OF NO INTEREST TO ME AT ALL.
LOVE - PEACE AND RESPECT.
I've had enough of all the slagging of George Michael. Especially from the British press.
I'm also a MAJOR fan of the man and check out all his sites daily and also have Google alerts on. I find that the media is really nasty with him, especially after he came out. OK, the man is gay. So what??? There is so much more about him to talk and write about. OK, I wish he was straight and passed on his genes to children if he had some, but that is his life. STOP slagging him off and look at what he has offered to the music business and how much he has done with charities.
I went to his amazing 25LIVE tour concerts in London and Athens and I believe it was a major production and by far the best concerts I've been to.
We keep FAITH in you George.
I to am a huge George Michael Fan and have been to many of the 25LIVE concerts on his tour.
Let the papers write what they want, there is good and bad. The bad things that he has done has made him the person he is today and allowed him to go out there and show everyone what he does well and that is to bring a stadium to life with his fantastic music and voice.
Everyone has their own opinions and they are entitled to them. But open you minds to the good things he produces as well as the bad