Celebrities Demand Respect

News agencies are constantly trying to get the inside scoop of what is happening in celebrities lives, and sometimes even twist the truth to do so.

The fact is that creating news isn’t just completely unfair to celebrities, but it is against the Public Relations Society of America’s(PRSA) code of ethics, which states “[As PRSA members we agree to] adhere to the highest standards of accuracy and truth in advancing the interests of those we represent and in communicating with the public.”

An example of a Newspaper pushing the limits of truth was last year involving celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay.

According to Times Online, Ramsay won a Libel (a published false statement that is damaging to a person’s reputation; a written defamation) suit against The Evening Standard, a London newspaper.

For those of you who watch the show, or just want to read about it check it out! It starts talking about the suit in paragraph ten.

For those of you who just want a brief summary, here it is:

Chef Ramsay’s reality show consists of him going into failing restaurants, pointing out their flaws, and then he tries to help them improve.

The Evening Standard accused Ramsay of  appointing an incompetent chef and then invented disasters in the kitchen in a stunt to prove that Ramsay’s expertise was required.

Ramsay won the suit in a UK court and was awarded $138,000 in damages by the newspaper.

I completely agree with Ramsay wining the case. Just because he is in the public spotlight doesn’t mean people can just accuse him of whatever they want.

I know what you are going to say – “Oh poor celebrities, they have it so tough. BooHoo” but its true in this case!

Ramsay didn’t do anything wrong. If the restaurant didn’t think they needed help then they wouldn’t have gone on the show, so it doesn’t make sense that Ramsay is making up the situations.

So my final opinion is: Enjoy the $138,000 Ramsay, and if you ever want to cook for me, I’m available for dinner!

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~ by erinnhesse on April 26, 2010.

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