April 20, 2010

TOW 15…. Featuring Ms. Jayme Stroud

Posted in PR Connections, PR Social Media, TOW at 6:19 PM by Victoria

What classifies as public knowledge? When do celebrities and other public figures have the right to draw the line?! Understood they chose that public life, but there should be a line drawn to what is considered public business. An example of this is Beyoncé and Jay’s marriage. They did everything to keep their dating under wraps, and even more to keep their wedding that way. But as public figures, the press made that near impossible. For years, different gossip sites linked them together, making different speculations about what they thought was going on between the two.

It’s amazing that something so sacred as marriage could cause so much ”buzzworthiness” and curiosity among the public. They never admitted to being married until the 2010 Grammys when Beyoncé won her award and got so caught up in the moment that she thanked her man. The media had a field day with her one minute speech because all of their speculations were finally confirmed.

A couple that is usually so private finally let the cat out of the bag and this again sent the media into a frenzy. They started making up reasons about why Beyoncé and Jay were unhappy. Media sites like mediatakeout.com and other gossip sites were reporting bogus stories just to gain readers when they for so long were on #teamBeyandJay and spent years linking them together. From stories of his infidelities to stories of her not wanting children, these sites reported anything they could to make their sites more interesting.  

It’s unfortunate when people feel entitled to your information and you no longer have the privacy that you deserve. Because they are public figures, I think many times people want to know what is going on with them. When is that curiosity too much? When will we let our public figures breathe and have at least one thing they can call their own…like their marriage.

*this is a performance of Forever Young by Jay-Z at the 2010 Coachella Music Festival…enjoy!

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