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Danielle Staub’s Breakdown: Former Reality Star Quits Stripping, Seeks Mental Help

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Former Real Housewives of New Jersey star Danielle Staub has taken a much needed step back from her desperately flamboyant life and sought psychiatric help.

The celebreality star, at 48, had been ousted from the Housewives series (because apparently they love the drama and chaos, but even they have a limit!) and subsequently started a ‘singing’ career and announced she was a lesbian (which many thought may have been a questionable publicity stunt).  

But the final straw in her desperate 15 minutes of fame came last week when it was reported that she had taken a gig as a stripper for famed strip club Scores. Staub signed a contract to make live appearances, as well as show up on ScoresLive.com.

Then, nude photos of her showed up all over the internet, and she panicked. Access Hollywood is reporting that she is now seeking treatment for psychological problems rooted in childhood sexual abuse.

Apparently the mental she is getting is from celebrity shrink Dr. Drew Pinsky.

Staub told People: 

“I have addictions with love and low self-esteem, and I need help! My low self-esteem derived from childhood sexual abuse has messed with my mind and self-worth… For years I have had the suicide hotline on my cell phone and would like nothing more than to free myself from this constant pressure. Seeing how I have hurt myself and my family this time. I can no longer push it behind me.”

You can’t help but take a step back at the reality TV phenomenon and consider that shows often seek out ‘big’ personalities, which often come in the form of slightly damaged people – to make ‘good television.’ But getting caught up in the twisted world that is entertainment, it truly does start to mess with your mind. The fickleness, the ‘one minute you’re hot, next you’re not’ mentality, and the sad truth that your personality is ultimately a product that can be bought and sold, and eventurally returned.

Sometimes you have to wonder which came first, the breakdown or the notoriety. In this case, it seems Staub acknowledges that her issues began years ago. Whether an addiction to the attention that comes with tv exposure (and the sense of loss that comes with losing popularity) in any way fueled the personal insecurities can’t be proven, but seems almost inevitable.

It’s easy for many to laugh off the dramas of reality tv train wrecks, but ultimately, she’s a human being whose got things to work out. I wish her the best.

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Three Words That Went So Viral That Kylie Wants To Trademark Them – And Why She’s Right To Do It.

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It all started when Kylie Jenner gave us a tour of her Kylie Cosmetics office on YouTube. Then, she went to wake her sleeping daughter, singing “rise and shine.”

Maybe it was the way she sang it, but it went viral, memes followed, and it became the most hashtagged phrase EVER on Tik Tok. Almost immediately.

Within a week, she filed an application to trademark the phrase, hoping to turn the now viral moment into a merchandising opportunity. Folks called it excessive and silly, claiming such a common expression shouldn’t be up for the taking.

Those people are wrong. What it is, is smart.

Take a look – the seemingly innocuous moment happens 15 minutes in to the tour.

Why is it smart? Because if she doesn’t trademark it, someone else will. People are ALL about capitalizing on viral moments, and if she didn’t, someone else would have tried to use Kylie’s influence to benefit themselves, just like people are using the #RiseAndShine hashtag right now for views and likes. And that’s not taking advantage of it?

In fact, she’s not the first person to even apply for a trademark for the phrase. Roughly 100 applications, some active, some dead, have been filed with variations of the phrase over the years. A mattress company liked the sound of it, so did a coffee company, a beer, snack mix, and Hardee’s wanted to use it to promote breakfast entrees. All of them make sense. McDonald’s trademarked the common phrase “I’m Lovin’ It.” Emeril trademarked “Bam!” and Paris Hilton trademarked “That’s hot.” Having the trademark doesn’t prohibit everyone else from saying it in conversation, but it does limit the ability for others to monetize it for themselves. It keeps a phrase that is uniquely attributed to another person or business from being used in a misleading way for monetary gain by others. Sports announcer Michael Buffer wisely trademarked “Let’s get ready to rumble” so that others couldn’t go and make t-shirts, mugs, and other merchandise with a catchphrase that he made famous. Anyone can file for a trademark on a phrase. In the end, the trademark office will decide if the application has merit. Before you do, it is suggested you seek the advice of a legal expert.

By now we know that Kylie Jenner is a successful business woman, given the enormous popularity of Kylie Cosmetics. It stands to reason that she is going to expand her scope of business. No matter WHAT she decided to name a spinoff of her brand, she would trademark it. By jumping on a phrase that is now already organically linked to her, thanks to the fans themselves, she merely did the SMART thing. Coming up with a brand name is one of the hardest things an entrepreneur does. Half of the ideas are taken, the others you don’t love, and sometimes the ones you do love other people don’t like.

So before we start hating on Kylie’s fast acting ingenuity, we should be inspired and do some of it ourselves!

For more pop culture and entertainment analysis, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter!

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VIDEO: Why Paris Hilton Is A Chameleon.

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Paris Hilton sat down with me and Makho Ndlovu at the People Now studios to talk about her new fragrance “Electrify,” the first song she plays when she’s DJ’ing, and what character’s she likes the play… in real life!

What an amazing time it is visiting and guest co-hosting People Now. The people on camera and behind the scenes couldn’t be more kind and welcoming! And Paris herself was absolutely charming and sweet.


 

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Watch How This Hasselhoff Deepfake Takes Years Off The Actor!

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Visual effects artist Chris Ume takes countless images of David Hasselhoff from his past Baywatch days, then creates a younger avator, blending the new, artificial Hof onto the real life Hoff.

The process of this crazy magic? It’s called a Deepfake = combining and superimposing existing images and videos onto a source image or video. The process is incredible, and yet still relatively in its infancy. If things keep progressing this genre as we can only expect they will, it’s not a stretch to imagine that we could someday see an actor actress play a younger version of themselves so convincingly we won’t see how they did it.

To follow more of his work, subscribe to Chris’ youtube channel.

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