Posts Tagged ‘Gawker’

Gawker Skewers Mariah Carey Over Her HSN Appearance

July 26, 2011

Nasty Gawker made good fun of Mariah Carey’s HSN appearance last night.

Carey certainly had her moments, which we referenced in our blog, but we didn’t think it was that bad. Gawker edited Carey’s two-hour appearance into four minutes, and made her look ridiculous. You edit anyone’s two-hours down to four minutes, and you can make them look silly.

Here’s part of the Gawker item by Matt Cherette:

The Best Four Minutes of Mariah Carey’s Insane HSN Appearance

Mariah Carey hasn’t been seen much since giving birth to twins in April, so people were especially curious on Sunday night ahead of her appearance on HSN to hawk everything from her fragrances to her jewelry. And by God, she delivered.

Carey’s live sales pitch began at midnight and lasted two inexplicably mind-blowing hours. In tangent after tangent, she complained about how horrible her pregnancy was, barked out orders to the camera crew, made up new words—basically…

Here is the link to the story and video clip:

http://gawker.com/5824338/the-best-four-minutes-of-mariah-careys-insane-hsn-appearance

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For The Record, QVC, HSN And ShopNBC Aren’t Funding Us: We’re Proud To Say We’re Not Getting A Dime To Write This (Mmmm, Time For A Business Manager)

February 22, 2010

We've commented on HSN CEO Mindy Grossman's cleavage, and you think she's paying us?

We’ve had a number of people, those who’ve had the integrity to ask us right to our face, if we are getting paid to write this blog. We guess the assumption on the part of some, obviously those that don’t know us very well, is that one of the home shopping networks is paying us to write this blog.

Let’s clear the air. Remember that old chestnut to the effect of when you make an assumption you make an ass of yourself. That applies here, folks. Anyone who thinks we’re getting a single dime from QVC, HSN or ShopNBC esta loco, and estupido.

We guess we shouldn’t be bragging about this — since it’s not helping our bank account — but we are not selling ads, offering product placement or in any way, shape or form or getting compensation from anyone to write this blog.

Then why do it, some people ask us, in disbelief. Well, we are looking for a full-time job, and we consider this our living resume and writing sample. It you’re an employer and you don’t like our style, or think the billion-dollar home shopping industry is frivolous, or don’t like snarky commentary, we guess that we are not the right fit for you.

But if you are looking for a reporter/writer who can cover a beat (home shopping); come up with stories and post items on a daily basis; and uniquely combine writing about pop culture, celebrities, news, finance and the inside-gossip of QVC and HSN, then we’re on.

But home shopping, people ask? We’ve said this several times, but we’ll repeat it for newbies to this blog: We love jewelry and gemology, have since we were a kid, and QVC and HSN are the biggest jewelry retailers in the country. We don’t give a crap if Gawker or The Wall Street Journal make fun of the networks.

Yes, we own lucious jewelry from luxury brands such as Tiffany & Co. and Roberto Coin, but we’ve gotten gorgeous things at the three electronic retailers, as well.

The fact that high-end names like Robert Lee Morris, Bobbi Brown, Judith Ripka, Gucci, Godiva, Tag Heuer, Ann King, Barbara Bixby, Stephen Dweck, Badgley Mischka, Dennis Basso and Naeem Khan are selling on QVC, HSN and ShopNBC now makes the case for the networks far more eloquently than we can.

We’ve dinged all three home shopping channels, as well, numerous times. We’ve written about HSN CEO Mindy Grossman’s cleavage, how QVC hired an alleged embezzler who now stands charged with robbing it, and taken ShopNBC to task letting veteran host Charla Rines go. We’ve made fun of QVC and HSN’s PR departments.

Immature? Perhaps. Have some our blogs been silly? Yes. Are we having fun writing them? You betcha.

We like to think we’re doing for home shopping what Joe Flint at the LA Times does for media in “Company Town.”

And so these home shopping channels that we’ve poked fun at — while also covering them as a business reporter would follow any beat — are the same guys you suspect are paying us to write Homeshoppingista? Wrong.

MTV Programming President Tony DiSanto Spins Like A Top To Defend ‘Jersey Shore’ in Hollywood Reporter Interview

December 10, 2009

The “Jersey Shore” shit storm doesn’t end.

For those who want to hear the president of programming at MTV, Italian American Tony DiSanto, offer his lame excuses for the show, here’s his spin in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.

We ain’t buying it baby, but as Fox News says, you decide.

And for the first time ever, we think, we agree with Gawker’s take on the controversial show, which was shot in Seaside Heights, N.J. “Jersey Shore” has been accused of slurring Italian Americans, and Gawker says the program is a disaster from a ratings and advertising standpoint, with two sponsors already pulling their spots.

But contrarian Wall Street analyst Rich Greenfield of Pali Research sees the show as a winner for MTV and its parent Viacom.

“Jersey Shore” has cumed more than 12 million viewers since its debut a week ago, according to Greenfield.

He noted that NBC’s “The Today Show” did a three-minute segment on whether the show goes too far, and that Twitter has been buzzing about the reality show.

“MTV always seems to be at its strongest when when its programming is the most shocking or controversial,” Greenfield wrote in a report Thursday.

Yeah, like that great MTV-produced segment at the Super Bowl when Janet Jackson flashed a nipple. That went over real well with viewers and federal regulators.

Bring Out The Sunday ‘Gravy,’ As We Say In Jersey: HSN Starts The Product Placements With Roasted Olives And Barilla Pasta

November 7, 2009

We saw our first product placement Friday night at HSN, a brief cooking segment sponsored by Lindsay Olives.

Host Callie Northagen was shown in a kitchen fixing up a batch of roasted Lindsay olives, supposedly a holiday treat (not in the Moss household). It was a little jarring to see the segment at 7 p.m., with a big graphic saying that the mini-recipe demonstration was sponsored by Lindsay Olives.

The Wall Street Journal first reported that HSN was going to start doing product placements, accepting sponsorships, citing a deal with Barilla pasta. We don’t remember any mention of the olives, but we are getting old and feeble.

For a small fee, we see that Barilla is now “The choice of Italy, and now the choice of HSN.”

The home shopping network is challenging viewers to take the “That’s Whole Grain?” taste challenge. If you try but don’t like the healthy whole grain stuff, Barilla will send you a free box of your favorite Barilla pasta.

The Journal story sparked a lot of snarky comments about HSN from media watchers like Gawker, which has made its name doing especially nasty coverage of just about everyone, aimed at the circle-jerk of journalists that infest Manhattan.

Wow, we sure sound cranky. We actually do have reporter friends in the city, we swear. But come on guys, we media folk do an awful lot of navel gazing.

‘Gawker’ Nastily Chimes In On HSN Ads: Calm Down East Coast Media Elite Snobs!

September 28, 2009

Well, the media jumped on the let’s-bash-HSN bandwagon, all following up on The Wall Street Journal’s story today that the No. 2 home shopping network is now doing product placements.

The gossip site Gawker, which has made its name making nasty remarks about other media outlets, wrote, “The Home Shopping Network is a 24/7 ad for various useless crap, but is one single layer of nonstop ads enough for consumers to learn about various pieces of crap? Or maybe could they put more ads in those ads?”

We’re nuts to engage in this argument, and it’s true there are items sold on HSN the world could surely live without (like Absolute cubic zirconia, the iconic home shopping stereotype).

But what other “useless crap” is Gawker referring to? Affordable clothes, shoes, computers, TV sets, cameras, vitamins, jewelry (our addiction, whether we really need it or not), watches, housewares, handbags, toys and make-up? Gee, who needs any of that useless crap?