Tila Tequila's Meltdown Seems Awfully Familiar
There's nothing quite like a celebrity meltdown to raise public interest, eh?
It seems that celebrity meltdowns -- from A-Listers like Charlie Sheen and Kanye West to obscure actresses like Amanda Bynes -- are happening at a rapid pace as of late. Although most of these meltdowns are a result of some pretty legit issues, whether it be addiction, mental health issues, or simply the stress and chaos of constantly being in the public eye, we watch every move with bated breath, waiting for the next big incident to occur.
As a result, a well-timed meltdown can be quite boosting for the career, even if the idea of increased publicity wasn't what was driving the bad behavior in the first place. There's a laundry list a mile and a half long of stars who have seen a renewed interest in their careers post-meltdown -- Charlie Sheen, Kanye West, all of the Kardashians and Amanda Bynes have found themselves on the covers of tabloids mid-meltdown, despite how slow or nonexistent their careers were at the time.
And there's a new name to add to that meltdown-meets-renewed-fame list. Tila Tequila, the reality "star" known for being Facebook famous, and for that whole MTV trainwreck of a show called A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila, has been having her own very public fit over the past couple of weeks, complete with some anti-Semitic rhetoric and a sex tape to cap it off. Tila, who was relatively obscure until recently, is once again all over the Internet because she's acting, well, off, and it makes her interesting and newsworthy.
Tila's meltdown, however, also seems a bit redundant and over-the-top, and it's beginning to feel a bit staged. It is also so reminiscent of other famous meltdowns that it's hard to believe it is occurring in a similar fashion by mere coincidence. The behaviors seem contrived and learned, rather than a result of some serious health issues, leaving one to wonder if she's not just acting out for a bit of attention.
Take, for example, Tila's foray into anti-Semitism. First, take into consideration that Tila is of Asian descent. Well, now she's taking photos of herself in Nazi gear and calling herself a "Nazi-sympathizer" on Facebook. She's also posting under the name "Tilisis," which is apparently her goddess name, and refers to many major catastrophic events as being related to Jews. She's been banned from Facebook -- at least temporarily -- for her racist posts, and is now referring to Facebook as "Jewbook" on her personal blog, which just so happens to be lined with swastikas in the margins.
Does any of this anti-Semitism sound familiar? Mel Gibson's meltdown, anyone? And has anyone explained to Tila the flawed logic behind her newfound Nazism? What worked for Mel's meltdown may not work for the pretty Asian girl, considering the fact that the entire goal of the Nazi regime was to rid the world of people who weren't Aryan. So someone should probably explain that to her stat.
That Nazi uniform is kind of old hat for meltdowns anyway, despite the way offensive nature of it, and the misalignment of Tila with the Nazi regime. Remember the whole Jesse James debacle? Not only was he busted out for screwing around on his wife with a chick who had been photographed in Nazi gear, but he also was photographed saluting and sporting some clothing with swastikas emblazoned on it. Yeah, the Nazi uniform has been done before, and it makes Tila's meltdown seem a bit more staged when you consider that fact. Jesse received a ton of press from his sex-fueled Nazi meltdown, so it would make sense if Tila were to attempt to follow suit.
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