WORST. CELEB. ADVICE. EVER!
Former Jersey Shore star Snooki adds her bit the canon of bad celebrity advice: kitty litter as an exfoliant.
Hemorrhoid cream for wrinkles, kitty litter as exfoliant, and too much sun is NEVER bad for you.
Welcome to the world of ridiculous celebrity advice. Among the more sensible, the question might be: What's the Rx for stupidity?
Toronto-based Dr. Samita Nandy - director of the Centre for Media and Celebrity Studies - says unfortunately, many people latch onto whatever idea Gwyneth Paltrow or Kim Kardashian might put forward.
"Audiences often pay attention to celebrity advice regardless of its intellectual, social and ethical values," Nandy told 24 Hours.
"Celebrity advice often reflects and reinforces what audiences want to hear or say, even if there is a shift from social responsibility to what appears to be loopy."
Nandy adds that the crazier a star's advice, the more likely dim-witted fans might listen to it.
"The more outrageous, ludicrous or comical a celebrity's advice is, the more attention and publicity they can receive," she said. "The shock value in such advice brings it to the attention of many."
Often, people look at celebrities as having more life experience and feel "they have a prerogative to share their experience to the public that follows them." "Celebrities have become 'experts' due to sheer visibility and publicity," Nandy said. "Any first-hand experience or opinion by a celebrity is deemed to be valuable and worth following, even if it is not justified - or plain stupid."
Here is some of the celebrity world's loopiest advice. Don't try this stuff at home kids.
Rx: McCarthy has long been a vocal anti-vaxxer and claims her son's autism was caused by a jab. The blond bombshell says she cured him with vitamins.
BUNK: There's no evidence this is true.
Rx: When she filmed Miss Congeniality, Bullock said she used hemorrhoid cream to fight aging. She said: "Apparently butt-cream does help the lines around the eyes."
BUNK: Get more sleep.
Rx: The tiny tanned temptress uses pre-pee kitty litter (yuck) as an exfoliant.
BUNK: Inhaling dust from the litter could pose health risks and, well, it's just a bad idea.
Rx: The gorgeous star told David Letterman that as part of her beauty treatment, she let's leeches suck her blood. She said: "These aren't just swamp leeches though - we are talking about highly trained medical leeches."
BUNK: There's no proof leeches detoxify your blood.
Rx: The Divergent series star says eating clay helps rid the body of "heavy metals."
BUNK: You'll get constipated - and it does nothing.
Rx: No psychiatrists, no anti-depressants as per L. Ron Hubbard and Scientology. Cruise ripped on Brooke Shields for detailing her postpartum struggles.
BUNK: He's not a doctor. No, really.
Rx: Dr. Oz promoted a green coffee bean extract to help people lose weight without dieting or exercise.
BUNK: The study he cited was widely debunked and the company involved has to pay a $3.5 million settlement.
Rx: When the supermodel called sunscreen "poison," experts took exception. Stick to strutting, Gisele!
BUNK: Sunblock slashes the risk of skin cancer.
Rx: Clueless star Alicia Silverstone slams tampons, painting feminine protection as a hazard. "No one's talking about the potential pesticide residues from non-organic cotton and the 'fragrances' containing hormone-upsetting, fertility-knocking phthalates that are snuggling up to your hoo-ha."
BUNK: Computer says no.
Rx: The former James Bond star claims that eating foie gras can lead to Alzheimer's disease, diabetes, and rheumatoid arthritis. He calls it "a tasty way of getting terminally ill."
Rx: The Mad Men star had her placenta turned into pills. "It's not witch-crafty or anything! I suggest it to all moms!"
HALL OF SHAME - GWYNETH PALTROW
Rx: Name something - ANYTHING - and the Iron Man star will opine with something outlandish. And that's why she's in the Hall of Shame.
Some of her musings over the years include:
The sun: "We're human beings and the sun is the sun - how can it be bad for you?"
The flu: Have an infrared sauna.
Tight bras: Linked to breast cancer.
Colon cleanses: No comment.
BUNK: No one ever lost a dollar underestimating the intelligence of the public ...