Posted by Riikka under News & Rumors with 3 Comments

Scarlett, alongside Natalie Portman and Josh Brolin, is reportedly among the celebrities who have lobbied for the removal of the Heath Ledger drug video from television distribution. Good job, Scarlett! I am really proud of her for doing this.

Three of the world’s biggest young movie stars have been revealed as being leaders in the push by Hollywood to have the Heath Ledger drug video pulled from broadcast by two top American TV shows.

The Entertainment Tonight and The Insider programs’ decision to show the video yesterday caused a furore in Hollywood, a community in grieving over 28-year-old Heath Ledger’s still unexplained death on January 22.

It has now emerged that the programs – after first broadcasting the tape in New York and on the US east coast – soon learned of growing anger in Hollywood, in particular among many movie stars of the same generation as Heath Ledger.

While the stars are saying they did not threaten to boycott the popular gossip entertainment shows, Hollywood insiders say Entertainment Tonight and The Insider feared this was a real possibility – and that view had been expressed to them by some.

Three stars named today as having lobbied – but not threatened to boycott the shows – are Scarlett Johansson, Josh Brolin and Natalie Portman.

The two celebrity gossip programs – which obtained the tape exclusively for an estimated $US200,000 – first broadcast the controversial video in New York and the east coast of America yesterday.

But they then pulled the tape from their scheduled broadcasts on the US west coast and Hollywood area.

Source: The Daily Telegraph

  • Mycah
    Posted on February 01, 2008

    Way to go Scarlett! (And Nat & Josh)

    I think there is a time and place for everything, and while I personally do not want to see it, I know there is an outlet and fans / people who do. RIGHT NOW, just after his passing is an awful time and so disrespectful to his beloved family…. especially considering the autopsy info hasn’t been published and we don’t know a real *cause*!

  • Riikka
    Posted on February 01, 2008

    I personally think videos like this are not the public’s business at all. The guy is dead, just let him rest in peace and not distort his image even more. He is not entertainment, he was a real person who has a real daughter… Who will never truly know her father.

  • Sandra
    Posted on February 02, 2008

    I think it’s an inescapable (albeit regrettable) fact that there are a whole many people who live on malicious celebrity news and gossip. They feed on the misfortunes of others and better their own self-image by posting bashful comments on their favorite hated celebrities. Go to any celebrity gossip blog, and you’ll find hoards of these people slapping big celebrity names in the face with derogatory comments, cheerfully gleeing when someone is having a bad day. Ergo, these people also inevitably constitute a large part of the audience of shows such as ET, which is why they turn every mishap and tragedy into a media circus.

    That said, I, personally, don’t think it should be condoned. Reporting on Jennifer Love Hewitt growing a bit of healthy flesh on her bones is one thing, however posting post-humously a scandalous video, which is a complete misrepresentation of the situation at hand, is wholly another. The Heath Ledger drug vid is a prime example of tabloid culture at its very worst; a tragedy is commercially exploited for the sickening pleasure of others, and there is no one who can validly discredit the source material until the damage is already done – because the one person who could do so has passed away.

    Thus I, personally, applaud Scarlett, Natalie and all the other celebrities involved who took a firm stand in this issue in the interest of respecting Heath and his family’s tragic loss.

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