1. The statement should have been published.2. The statement should have enough information in order for the subject to be identified by the public.3. The statement should have malicious intent against the subject.
2. Are the subjects of the blog posts identifiable? And, sub-questions: since libel for private persons is not the same as libel for public personalities i.e. celebrities, should Montano and his family be considered as private citizens or public personalities for the sake of the libel argument?
The most irritating thing about social climbers like Gorrell mentions (see an example in left hand photo above) is that these people LOVE JUST ABSOLTULEY GET WET OVER getting thier photos in society pages of newspapers and magazines.
THEY LIVE for thatMOMENT when the FLASH HITS THEIR EYES!! They spend their entire waking hours either doing coke or dressing up...
BUT---when scandals arise, they are the first to plead to leading simple lives!!
Publicity for me is like marriage. It is a 24/7 commitment to the public. That is why I have no sympathy for movie stars and celebrities who plead for a private life.
WHO ASKED THEM to go into acting? They could have kept thier jobs as waiters at the Ivy!!!
Socialites who throw themselves at cameras to be famous for being famous are the same. If you angle for a photo everytime you have a dress on, then why would you complain if a blog talks about your business malpractice, your drug habit, your extra marital affairs, etc.
Again, WHO ASKED THEM to be photographed??
Sometimes there is a need to be photographed aside from the requirement to be in your school yearbook so people can laugh at you later or in case you become a serial killer or beauty queen, people can see your before photo.
The only times you need your photograph to be publicly circulated are:
1) when you want to announce anything like company annual results
2) when you are trying to sell something
3) when you need to be the image of a business, a brand or a product--being paid makes it even better
4) when you are trying to raise money for charity (in some cases, people have their homes photographed when they want to sell them but that, too, is gauche)
SOCIAL CLIMBERS as we know them definitely do NOT fulfill any of the above criteria. (Well, okay maybe Tiny Tim and Skinny Celine with their ads...)
3. Are Gorrell’s statements intended to be malicious or not?With the Internet now a contentious arena where national and international laws are being contested, the outcome of this matter – and, indeed, its very conduct – seem to be enough reason for the international, online, and legal communities to keep a close watch on this blog, its owner, and the matters outlined therein.
Yes, I have always wondered what the boundaries are between truth and malice.
Sometimes when you tell the truth it merely comes out malicious...Remember the saying "The truth hurts??"
Well, they come from the same school as Gossip Girl.
Meanwhile, maliciousness is plain fun. Remember "If you have nothing good to say about anyone come sit next to me??
" Well, they come from the same bitch!
BTW--I haven't addressed the photo on the right--it's the beautiful arrangement Ghey Bryan Boy (http://www.bryanboy.com/) sent me for my 45th cougar birthday!! Thank you Bryan Boy!!
-Does that mean these flowers are now public figures??? Maybe we should ask the woman in the left hand photo....What happened to her FREE HOTEL GYM membership??? Which I feel I paid for because I paid for mine!!! All that --see, again--for showing up at a pool party!! TWICE!!