25 Apr

peopleWell played People Magazine. This is trolling at its finest. For those who are fortunate enough to not be familiar with the term “trolling” let me enlighten you.

From Wikipedia –

In Internet slang, a troll (pron.: /ˈtrl/, /ˈtrɒl/) is someone who posts inflammatory,[1]extraneous, or off-topic messages in an online community, such as a forum, chat room, or blog, with the primary intent of provoking readers into an emotional response[2] or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion.[3] The noun troll may also refer to the provocative message itself, as in: “That was an excellent troll you posted.”

I have some personal experience with trolling, or maybe I don’t. Sometimes it’s hard to tell whether someone is trolling or whether they are just jerks. In either case, both times that my award-winning (not really) iReports were chosen to be featured in CNN stories, there were comments made in the comment section following the stories that were either made by trolls to stir some kind of proverbial internet pot or they were made by clueless or kind of jerky people.

I think it’s a fine line actually.

I personally take issue with people who claim that they enjoy being jerks just to stir people up. I am all for healthy debate, but I think  saying contrary things for the sake of saying contrary things is, well, it’s jerky.

That said, I think People Magazine is fully aware that Gwynnie is not a well-liked celebrity. Whether you dislike her because of her dumb cookbook, her stilted and privileged view of life, her kiddie bikinis,  or her crazy over-inflated view of herself,  the woman manages to annoy a lot of people.  I think People magazine knows that and is hoping this will entice consumers to buy the magazine to put the cover on dart boards.  NO, no, I think we are being trolled or they are hoping we will all be forced to love her as much as she loves herself and I can tell you right now People magazine, that will not happen. No one loves Gwyneth as much as Gwyneth. NOBODY.

I can only imagine her next cookbook will include the lines “As the world’s most beautiful woman, I can tell you the secret to my beauty is eating a gluten-free pro-biotic macro-biotic vegetarian diet. I can share this with you as the world’s most beautiful woman, because I am beautiful.  In fact, some would say, the world’s most beautiful. ”


5 Responses to “Oh GREAT”

  1. Courtney April 25, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    Man, I feel so out of the loop these days. Do people hate Gwyneth?! I had no idea haha! I am neutral as far as she’s concerned, but wasn’t aware people disliked her. Funny that People Mag did that though, how odd!

    • Amy April 25, 2013 at 5:57 pm #

      She actually was just voted most hated celebrity recently and I went off on an angry rant about my irrational dislike for her and Oprah a few weeks back and yep! People magazine knows what they’re doing. I guess. Blech.

      I really like your blog 🙂 Thanks for reading!

      • Courtney April 25, 2013 at 8:11 pm #

        Wow, clearly I need to buy more trashy magazines when I’m at the grocery store. I’m slacking in my celeb knowledge, and I really kinda not so secretly love it.

        And thank you! I’m glad you stumbled onto mine so I could find yours 😉

  2. Miss Molly April 25, 2013 at 5:14 pm #

    Amy, thanks for this. I was having trouble figuring out how People magazine became the arbiter of beauty and could make pronouncements like “most beautiful woman” anyway. The troll aspect sounds dead on. Brilliant…(I would have nominated you…)

    • Amy April 25, 2013 at 5:59 pm #

      OH Molly, you are a sheer delight. I love how they proclaim anybody “MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IN THE WORLD!” Like they’ve seen every woman in the world and they get to choose. It should be “Most beautiful woman with the highest Q rating who will help sell our magazine” but I guess that is not as catchy.

      Thank you, always a pleasure to hear from you 🙂

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