Tila Tequila's Meltdown Seems Awfully Familiar
We've also got a Tila Tequila song on our hands now, too, which pulls a bit from the Amanda Bynes meltdown earlier this year. Remember how she was insistent on becoming a rapper, and people just played into it to jump on the publicity bandwagon? This poor chick was dealing with some serious issues. Tila, on the other hand, released a racist, auto-tuned song about her dislike of Jews. She's still getting some notoriety for it, though.
Oh, and that racist "It's Going Down" song she's released? She's calling for it to "go viral" on her Facebook page. So she still gets the idea of Internet publicity and the power of Internet virility, even in the middle of a breakdown. Seems slightly suspect.
There's also the sex tape Tila Tequila has released on the heels of all of this, which just so happens to follow that whole "sex tape equals publicity" rule that's been done, done and overdone up to this point. Farrah Abraham, Teen Mom's resident whiner, is now the most Googled reality star of 2013, coincidentally on the heels of her "sex tape" with a major porn star. Up until that point, she was relatively obscure to the general public. But now? Way famous for little more than having sex on camera. Kim Kardashian is famous solely for her sex tape with Ray J, but so many flailing public personalities have followed suit, so why not Tila?
You can add a strange accent or two to the meltdown equation as well. On that sex tape, Tila's sporting a terrible Cockney accent. Again, seems like we may have heard a troubled starlet attempting to rock such an accent once or twice. Britney Spears was receiving a ton of attention midst-meltdown when she kept slipping into her British alter ego. It all just seems really contrived.
At the end of the day, everything that Tila's doing seems like a well-rounded recipe for attention. She's pulling bits and pieces of other meltdowns and throwing them into one very public pot, and ultimately it seems like she's grasping at straws for a bit of the public's attention. This is a woman who started becoming famous for being half-naked on Facebook. She knows how to "go viral." She's done it once before, and it led to a TV show and a legion of adoring paparazzi.
But that was once upon a time. She's no longer famous. As those stories go, eventually the public lost interest, and she slipped back into the haze as a has-been reality star, and it appears, at least to an outsider, that she is desperately searching for a way to become relevant. Perhaps in her mind, the quickest path to relevancy is a bit of racism and a whole lot of nakedness. It certainly seems that way.
Tila's situation begs another question about receiving publicity by way of meltdown. At the end of the day, should meltdowns like these -- contrived or otherwise -- even be in the news? In cases like Amanda Bynes and Britney Spears, where they were genuinely dealing with some mental health issues, it seems a bit voyeuristic to watch their every move. And when bad behavior is just bad behavior, it doesn't warrant a public interest, because it's contrived and attention-seeking, and it downplays the seriousness of the folks who are actually struggling with mental illness.
Is there a chance that Tila's antics are driven by a genuine struggle with addiction or mental illness? Absolutely. But there's also a chance they're driven by a desperate bid for relevancy. And the more she acts out, the more it seems likely that's the case. Tila's meltdown comes complete with a hearty dose of anti-Semitism, an annoying cockney accent and a sex tape. It just feels a bit like we've heard all of those stories before.