BuzzFeed recently lit an Internet firestorm when they went after the hosts of an HGTV show for the crime of attending a church with a pastor who does not support gay marriage. Even more shocking an allegation as they live in North Texas, a place I always assumed was the Mecca of 2016 progressive thought.
Some critics likened the story, which targeted ‘Fixer Upper’ hosts Chip and Joanna Gaines, to a witch hunt because it was perhaps “unnewsworthy” and totally unnecessary. But that’s ridiculous. It’s the job of the media in the age of Trump to vet all D-List celebrities and reality TV hosts to see if any of their connections are problematic in any way. Or in other words, journalism 101.
In that spirit Heat Street has compiled a list of helpful tips for BuzzFeed writers on possible D-Lister hit pieces to tackle next!
America knows Snooki for her whacky role on the Jersey Shore. But did you know that she has also had casual interactions with someone who doesn’t support gay marriage? Get ‘er Buzzfeed!
In 2012 Snooki and Sen. John McCain exchanged friendly tweets when they found they both agree that tanning beds should never be taxed. Snooki even invited McCain to meet her new baby. While McCain was too busy he did say, “Snooki, I miss you. I hope you’re happy. I hope everything’s fine with your baby and I wish you’d get rid of some of those jerks you’re hanging around with.”
So why does this deserve the BuzzFeed treatment? Well, not only did McCain let the country down by being captured in Vietnam (according to Trump), he also does not support gay marriage. Does this mean that Snooki shares these beliefs? I don’t know, but it’s up to BuzzFeed to find out.
2. The Honey Boo Boo Family
While the Honey Boo Boo family are out of the limelight, that should not disqualify them for hit pieces. They have very problematic fans of their show and none of them have been officially denounced.
Take, for example, Jonny Depp. In 2013 Depp said he was “mesmerized” by Honey Boo Boo and was a “fan.” Depp has also been accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of domestic violence.
Not one of the Honey Boo Boo family members have commented on the Depp-Heard situation so we can only guess that they are pro-domestic violence. A little thin, yes, but I’ll leave it to BuzzFeed to fill out the rest of the story.
3. Amanda Bynes
90’s kids will fondly remember Amanda Bynes from her Nickelodeon days. But did you know she pals around with a friend whose boyfriend thinks it’s okay to culturally appropriate Native Americans?
Yep, according to Zimbio.com, Bynes “watches fashion shows” with Hillary Duff. The same Hillary Duff who celebrated Halloween this year with her boyfriend Jason Walsh in Pilgrim and Native American garb.
Cool pic of Hillary Duff and her boyfriend dressing up for Halloween as "What White People Thought Was Appropriate in the 1950's" pic.twitter.com/IDZiu5cwou
— Benjamin Siemon (@BenjaminJS) October 30, 2016
So when these two are “watching fashion shows,” do you think they’re also talking about robbing rich and glorious culture from the native peoples of this land? I think so, but I need BuzzFeed to verify.
4. Vanilla Ice
Rapper Vanilla Ice is the perfect target for BuzzFeed. Just like the Gaines family, Ice has his own DIY home-improvement show. While Ice seems like a stand-up guy, he once appeared in a movie with a man who would go on to beat up his 6’ 5’,’ 200-pound son in a drunken row. How could you, Ice?
In 1991 Vanilla Ice played a pivotal role in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: The Secret of the Ooze, writing and performing the breakout musical number “Go Ninja Go Ninja GO!” Ice was no doubt on set with wrestler Kevin Nash, who played Shredder. Then in 2014, Nash beat up his 6’ 5,’’ 200-pound son in a drunken row.
They certainly spoke on set, with Nash likely instilling in Ice the belief that it is okay to beat up your 6’ 5,’’ 200-pound son in a drunken row.
5. Dennis Rodman
Kim Jong Un BFF Dennis Rodman allegedly played basketball on a number of occasions with Space Jam star Michael Jordan.
Jordan has been described by many as a real jerk. On one occasion he was caught cheating at a card game with Buzz Peterson’s mother even though no money was wagered.
Does this mean that Rodman condones cheating old ladies? Only a BuzzFeed expose can discover the truth.