quotations about tabloids

Some people ... live their lives in the public eye and get off on it, they need it. They need that kind of adoration. If their name isn't in the tabloids once a week they feel like a failure.

JENSEN ACKLES, Supernatural Magazine, December 2013


The tabloids are like animals, with their own behavioural patterns. There's no point in complaining about them, any more than complaining that lions might eat you.

DAVID MELLOR, London Independent, November 3, 1992


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I make it a point not to buy certain magazines, not because I am against tabloids or things like that, but I want to fill my mind with valid issues in the world. I'd like there to be less refugees. I'd like all girls to go to school. That's what we need to be thinking about, and working on making our own families good and strong and our own kids happy. Not to cloud our minds with things that don't matter.

ANGELINA JOLIE, interview, Today Show, June 8, 2005


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In the garden of tabloid delight, there is always a clean towel and another song.

LEWIS H. LAPHAM, Waiting for the Barbarians


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I think people today are very cynical. They need to bring other people down. Reality television and tabloid magazines--never before did we need to see movie stars taking out their garbage. But all of a sudden, it's front-page news--trying to figure out who's dating whom, all that stuff. Who cares?

SCARLETT JOHANSSON, Parade Magazine, March 11, 2007


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My world. My rules. I would command everyone to do so many things! Be kind. Oh, I would command everyone to stop buying tabloids!

JENNIFER ANISTON, "Jennifer Aniston Shares Her Health and Beauty Secrets", Self Magazine, March 18, 2014


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So I tracked him down and gave him a few suggestions about how to live life and stay healthy and he took my advice. Because that's just unacceptable. They can do anything they want to me -- and most tabloids have -- but not my kid, not my pure, innocent little baby. She didn't ask to be in this circus.

JOHNNY DEPP, "Johnny Depp Esq.", Esquire, February 2000


All that stuff with the tabloids is a kind of luxury tax I pay for all the good things I do in my life.

ETHAN HAWKE, The Daily Telegraph, June 19, 2004


No one wants to stay in the tabloids. But it's actually not a terrible place to start.

RACHEL ZOE, "How Rachel Zoe Became Hollywood's Most Powerful Fashion Player", Hollywood Reporter, March 9, 2011


And the worst part is, in terms of what people see of me, I have become this girl who just loves to be photographed, doesn't know how to focus, doesn't know how to work on set, just loves the attention, knows how to go out at night, knows how to party. And you know what? I was 20 years old. I never went to college. And I lived maybe six months out of my life like that, doing something wrong, and then I stopped. God forbid I should have ever learned my lesson. But at this point it's so hard for people to even believe that there was a lesson to be learned at all, because they just think I'm wrong. All these people think I'm never going to be right, because it's more interesting to fabricate this other girl. Who wants to read a tabloid story about a girl who is doing well?

LINDSAY LOHAN, Interview Magazine, January 2009


People who read the tabloids deserve to be lied to.

JERRY SEINFELD, attributed, Tabloid Valley: Supermarket News and American Culture


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Bigfoot, space aliens, Elvis Presley, ghosts, and the like all make their appearance in the tabloid world with amazing frequency. In this way the tabloids are carrying on ancient folkloric traditions, relating the sort of tales grandma used to tell in hushed tones late at night as the family huddled by the fireplace.

JENNIFER TRAIG, Don't Forget to Write for the Secondary Grades


The public have an insatiable curiosity to know everything, except what is worth knowing.

OSCAR WILDE, The Soul of Man Under Socialism and Selected Critical Prose


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The tabloids operate in an amoral parallel universe where the bottom line is selling newspapers. It's like blaming a scorpion for not being moral. They just sting people. That's what they do. Sometimes they might sting someone who deserves it. But it's not through any moral imperative.

STEVE COOGAN, "Steve Coogan: Why I won't let News Corp off the hook", The Guardian, September 5, 2011


I don't really mind playing tabloid monster. I always liked those characters in the old movies.

NICK DENTON, "Nick Dentonís Own Employees Give Him the Gawker Treatment", New York Magazine, October 11, 2010


I find that when you see somebody in the tabloids all the time, you have no desire to see them in movies.

SEANN WILLIAM SCOTT, "Seann William Scott Is A 'Role Model'", Parade Magazine, October 31, 2008


Tabloids are one facet of life among many. Tabloids, like any kind of cultural phenomenon, exist alongside and because of other cultural phenomena. They complement the star system, the other popular media, the class system, and the gender system. They exist because of television, newspaper, movies, and a vast range of folk narratives and values.

S. ELIZABETH BIRD, For Enquiring Minds: A Cultural Study of Supermarket Tabloids


What stars do in their off-hours is a never-ending source of diddling curiosity to the tabloid sensibility.

JAMES WOLCOTT, attributed, Psychology Today, January 27, 2015


Two-headed baby stories are particularly appealing to that strange emotional mix--that unique blend of sideshow prurience and maternal compassion--that the tabloids are designed to exploit.

HAROLD SCHECHTER, The Bosom Serpent: Folklore and Popular Art


There's nothing wrong with tabloid stories, period. If you're a journalist--and I think, on some level, I'm a journalist, and proud to be a journalist, or a documentarian, however you want to describe it--part of what I do has to be the pursuit of the truth. I can't guarantee that I'm going to come up with it, but certainly part of how I see myself is in pursuit of some underlying reality. When journalism becomes severed from that, and it doesn't matter if it's tabloid journalism or any other kind of journalism, for that matter--if it becomes severed from pursuit of the truth, it's no longer about journalism.

ERROL MORRIS, interview, IndieWire, July 13, 2011