Saturday, April 01, 2006

George Clooney Dreams Up A Scheme To Sabotage Gawker

The Clooner has cooked up a plan that could cripple Gawker. Quite simply, he's calling on the world to flood the intrusive gossip website with lies.

Gawker publishes celebrity sightings with alarming speed. Lindsay Lohan out shopping for tit-tape? The wheres and whyfores could be across the web quicker than she could hit the cashier with her first "Don't you know who I am?"

The New York Post's Page Six report that the campaign was kickstarted by an e-mail sent via George's publicist. Apparently, it read "There is a simple way to render these guys useless. Flood their Web site with bogus sightings. Get your clients to get 10 friends to text in fake sightings of any number of stars. A couple hundred conflicting sightings and this Web site is worthless. No need to try to create new laws to restrict free speech. Just make them useless. That's the fun of it. And then sit back and enjoy the ride. Thanks, George."

Unsurprisingly, Gawker have just had a couple of very busy days.

This ploy is all very funny, but more than that I think Clooney has a point, of course - that Gawker can remove any last vestige of personal time and space that celebrities manage to hang on to. That's not say I don't like Entertainment Weekly or Heat magazines - it's that Gawker practises a whole different order of celeb-obsessed snooping, sneering and, frankly, stalking.

If these snoops go to war with Clooney, they had better watch out. The man is a force to be reckoned with, and I think they will only end up playing Elmer Fudd to his Bugs Bunny.

Kudos, George. Can't wait to see what your next move will be.

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