Is this, too, considered a form of grifting?
It has come to my attention that Ms. Kristy Lee Cook, aka the blond who came to Idol with a killer body, no horse, terrible fashion sense, terminated recording contract and credits including a Skinamax-inspired dental commercial, was shilling for “gifts” during the AI Tour, even offering a prize for the fan who came up with the best present.
Here is her MySpace post dated 8/23:
I HAVE ON MY PERSONAL MYSPACE A SCRAP BOOK COMPETITION.!!!!
BEST SCRAPBOOK WINS A AUTOGRAPHED 8X10, A SIGNED HAT, AND A GIFT CARD.
SO IF YOU WANT TO BE IN IT, THEY HAVE TO BE IN BY SEPT 13TH, THE END OF TOUR YOU CAN EITHER GIVE THEM TO ME WITH ALL YOUR CONTACT INFO, MAILING ADDRESS AT THE SHOWS..
****ALSO THIS IS NEW BUT I WANTED TO DO SOMETHING FUN AND KEEP YOU GUYS BUSY ! SO I AM GOING TO HAVE A BEST GIFT CONTEST. I AM GOING TO KEEP A BOOK WITH THE GIFTS I GET AND WRITE DOWN WHAT IT WAS AND THE CONTACT INFO (MAILING ADDRESS) AND WHOEVER GETS THE BEST GIFT GETS A PRIZE.!
SO HAVE FUN AND HOPE TO SEE YOU AT THE SHOWS! I JUST FIGURE IM GETTING ALL THESE GIFTS WE MIGHT AS WELL DO SOMETHING FUN IN RETURN RIGHT?
SO THERES A FEW THINGS TO KEEP YA’ALL BUSY HOPE YOU HAVE FUN AND HOPE TO SEE YOU SOON..!!
THANKS GUYS AND GALS!
Ok…she was asking for scrapbooks. At some point in my postings about the various gifts Idol fans give their favorites, I think I pointed out that little homemade things aren’t even in the same category as Kindles, laptops, video cameras, et al…
She also promises a prize in return…but she was asking for scrapbooks, right? Is this considered “begging for gifts”?
But wait, as Stoner S pointed out in the comments thread, she starts a new paragraph regarding the BEST GIFT competition. So this is separate from the scrapbooks? Hmmm, very interesting.
I’m not sure what the prize was, and as of 9/22, it does not seem that anything had been awarded, judging from a comment on her MySpace blog:
Kristy did you forget about the competition
Did Kristy ever award the scrapbook competition prize to the winning scrapbooker? And was she out of line in asking for such things? Since we’ve spent so much time concentrating on those illustrious Castros and Castrofans, I would like to bring up some other instances of Idol gift-giving.
And what sort of prize was she going to give to the winner of this BEST GIFT competition?
While I have made it clear I have always wanted to dislike Kristy Lee more than I actually do, I have little knowledge about how the things Idol contestants are given from their fans. I have heard Carly Smithson received a video camera from some of her fans, and Ramiele was rather blatent in asking for a guitar at one point in the tour. I’m not sure what Brooke White received, although I’m hoping someone had the good sense to buy her a muzzle.
What I will say in semi-defense to some of these female Idol contestants, it must kind of suck to see their male counterparts take home bags and bags full of goodies, gift cards, guitars and other items from their almost entirely female fan groups at every stop on the Idol tour. Male Idol contestants develop much larger cult-like followings than the females. While it is definitely in the poorest taste to even request gifts, a scrapbook seems a bit different, perhaps. Yes? No?
If anyone has any information regarding the illustrious gift giving drives that may or may not take place during the Idol tour, of any season, PLEASE let me know. Even if this is a trivial matter, it is a discussion about ethical behavior from (pseudo) celebrities. Can people make the same defense that these gifts are no different from the expensive gift bags give out at red carpet events? Or are they different since they are purchased by individual fans?
What do YOU think?