You did it! The media is finally paying attention, or are they?
Yesterday, several major outlets ran with stories about the Teen Choice Awards, but found ways to avoid incriminating FOX and Bob Bain. We know the truth and I’ve illustrated that their lies are hidden in plain site, yet the press leads with headlines “Were the Teen Choice Awards rigged?,” “Teen Choice Awards Might Have Been Rigged,” and “Angry Fans Accuse the Teen Choice Awards of Being Rigged.” Fact – it IS rigged, and it always has been. There is nothing new that they’re reporting, in fact they’re only really reporting this story because of the trending topic on Twitter. There’s no true investigative journalism here, it’s just a knee jerk reaction to seeing traffic online and trolling for page views. For instance, when the Teen Choice Awards announced the nominees on June 18th, the media outlets just regurgitated the press release distributed by FOX about the TCA’s. However, at Tommy2.Net we listed the nominees, explained where you could find the Teen Choice Awards rules online and let you know that THEY pick the winner?
One other thing the mainstream media is doing to marginalize this story is by giving all of the credit to Cameron Dallas and Matthew Espinosa exposing the truth. Basically what they’re suggesting is that if it weren’t for these two celebrities, teens would’ve never been upset. Clearly, Cameron and Matthew brought attention to the issue, but YOU deserve the credit. They don’t want you to think you have the power that you do and instead are saying this wouldn’t have happened without web celebrities. I personally believe these awards shows have gotten so out of control that even a casual fan can see what’s going on, and they are. Let’s take for instance the category of Choice Single by a Group. Fifth Harmony won that with their single BO$$, a song that had been released on July 7th just 10 days before fans could vote for it. How is it possible that a song that new would be able to compete with singles that have had such great success already on radio and digital sales charts? Okay, maybe just maybe Story Of My Life by One Direction didn’t have enough votes, but She Looks So Perfect by 5 Seconds of Summer. Are you kidding me? (Above: Billboard Hot 100. Chart rankings are based on radio play, streaming online, and sales)
Reality and TV! Now this is a fine line, but we have to honest and admit that most of the people we watched on the Teen Choice Awards make a living ‘pretending’ to be other people. Should we be that surprised that they ‘pretend’ when they receive accolades and lets not forget those VIP parties with gifting suites full of the most amazing swag? Aside from the acceptance speeches, all of the talent on TV Sunday night was reading words written by someone else off of a teleprompter. This ‘pretending’ is another topic that’s been covered before, including on July 26, 2012 when I went on to say “here are the cold hard facts: the people that won the “awards” are propagating the lie that your vote counted or they are ignorant to the fact that they won a bogus award.” Yesterday I mentioned Shailene Woodley’s brilliant acceptance speeches but decided not to point out one specific detail. Did you realize she never once thanked ‘the fans’ for voting for her? I’m sure that was intentional and her way of not ‘pretending’ and living by example and putting her words into practice, “I’m going to be me.”
Getting back to press. Remember back in 2010 when anything with the name Justin Bieber on it was literally worth gold? Teens couldn’t get enough of him and the press used his name in the headlines frequently. To help generate buzz for the Teen Choice Awards, Shaquille O’neal presented Justin Bieber his four Teen Choice Awards at his concert in Glendale, AZ on July 25, 2010 (2 weeks BEFORE the TCA’s). As expected, Justin was in the headlines and media outlets were reporting that he received so many votes that they decided to declare him the winner. Later that week, T2 featured comments about this stunt, and followed it up with a jab at the media by saying “One other obvious thing we can pull from this is how many teen entertainment outlets are asleep at the wheel. Bop and TigerBeat, J-14, Just Jared Jr. and Ocean Up all reported about Justin Bieber receiving the awards, but not one of them questioned the circumstances.” Hate to say it, but Cameron Dallas, the Teen Choice Awards has publicly declared a winner to the public weeks before their show and while voting was still open. The most important thing to learn here is that the media will always follow the popular narrative. In 2010 this notification meant you were an amazing superstar - in 2014 it means the show is rigged?
To be continued…
Kris Allen: Horizons – The new independent album from American Idol winner, featuring the single “Prove It To You [feat. Lenachka]” and more. You can help support Tommy2.Net by purchasing this release at iTunes.
Bedknobs and Broomsticks (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 1971 classic Disney film starring Angela Lansbury, David Tomlinson, and more.
Bears (Blu-ray/DVD) – The DisneyNature documentary which follows an Alaskan bear family.
Hercules (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 1997 Disney animated classic.
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 2004 Disney animated film.
Muppets Most Wanted (Blu-ray/DVD) – starring Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey, and more.
Tarzan (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 1999 animated Disney classic.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 1949 animated Disney classic.
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad / Fun and Fancy Free: 2-Movie Collection (Blu-ray) – Available for the first time on Blu-ray, the 1947 and 1949 animated Disney classics.
Jason Derulo will embark on his first headlining U.S. tour this fall which kicks off on October 15th in Michigan at the Royal Oak Music Theatre. Special guest will include Becky G and Wallpaper. Pre-sale tickets are available at JasonDerulo.com. Routing for the 13-city circuit is as follows:
15 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
16 Indianapolis, IN – The Egyptian
18 Minneapolis, MN – The Myth
19 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
21 Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom
22 New York, NY – Best Buy Theater
24 Boston, MA – Orpheum
26 Wallingford, CT – The Dome @ Oakdale
28 Silver Springs, MD – Fillmore
29 Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues
30 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
1 Tampa, FL – Jannus Live
2 Miami, FL – Fillmore
Bummed that Tonight Alive isn’t performing near you during their upcoming fall tour with Mayday Parade? If that’s the case, you might be in for a treat. The group has just announced five special headlining dates!
23 Lansing, MI – Mac’s Bar (w/ Major League and PVRIS)
27 Burnsville, MN – The Garage (w/ Major League and PVRIS)
5 Spokane, WA – The Hop (w/ Major League and PVRIS)
17 San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit (w/ Local supports)
18 Dallas, TX – Sons of Herman Hall (w/ Locals supports)
7pm CST – America’s Got Talent: Quarter Finals 3 (NBC)
Twelve of the Top 48 acts perform at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
7pm CST – Dance Moms: Kiss or Get Off the Pot, Choreographers Cut (Lifetime)
Enhanced episode includes additional dance footage. The Elite Team competes against the Candy Apples; Abby recruits Candy Apple Gino to dance a duet with Maddie where the choreography calls for her very first kiss.
7pm CST – Pretty Little Liars: A Dark Ali (ABC Family)
Ali may hurt an innocent man and walk into A’s trap if she lies about who abducted her, so Emily tries to persuade her to do the right thing while Spencer devises a backup plan. Elsewhere, Hanna attempts to lead a more ordinary life.
8pm – 16 Wishes (Disney Channel)
A girl makes a secret wish list to celebrate her 16th birthday and is astonished when they begin coming true, until one desire goes horribly awry and changes everything.
8pm CST – Chasing Life: Finding Chemo (ABC Family)
April starts her treatments, but she begins to panic as the chemo and hospital confinement take their toll on her, so she reaches out to someone unexpected. Meanwhile, Dominic finds a changed April when he returns.
8pm CST – Dance Moms: 3 Soloists, One Star (Lifetime)
Abby pits Chloe, Nia and Kendall in head-to-head competition to see who can deliver character-driven solos in Maddie’s absence. Meanwhile, Christy’s jealousy puts her daughter’s place on the team in jeopardy.
Austin Mahone, The Vamps, Fifth Harmony and Shawn Mendes
T.D. Echo Beach
Fall Out Boy and Paramore
Jesse McCartney and Guinevere
Paradise Rock Club
Katy Perry and Kasey Musgraves
One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer
Lincoln Financial Field
St. Louis, MO
The Tragic Thrills
El Paso, TX