Saturday, July 12, 2008

Local Photos on MediaTakeOut—Whodunnit?

Posted by Jarvis Holliday On 7/12/2008 No comments
I hate gossip websites. Even though they usually only target celebrities, I still look at it like I would be mad if I saw something hurtful written about me. Unfortunately, the bloggers and their readers love it. I won't get into a spiel again about what's right and wrong with the Internet, as I frequently do, but I will say this: why don't these bloggers and operators of these sites reveal themselves? Most of them hide behind their anonymity, which gives them the courage to write and post whatever they like. I'm a journalist. My name is on everything I do, dammit.

So, the reason for my soap box today: I just saw some unflattering photos of Fantasia on MTO is one of the worst gossip sites around, which sadly, in that world makes it one of the best. The site posted photos yesterday from Fantasia's birthday party at NV Nightclub last Saturday. Coincidentally, I'd just seen the same photos a couple of days ago on local website One of CV's photographers took them. But here's the problem. Someone picked the two most unflattering photos of Fantasia from the gallery of 36 photos on CV and posted them to MTO, ridiculing her in front of MTO's millions of viewers. Then, of course, with these gossip sites the comments sections take on a life of their own.

And to make matters worse, one of YOU is the culprit. I'm pretty sure it was a local person who sent the photos to MTO.

I'm not trying to draw anymore unnecessary or unneeded attention to the photos, which is why I'm not posting them here. But you can see them for yourself at the links below:

Photos on MediaTakeOut

Photos on CharlotteVibe (originals)


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