Unauthorized Robert Pattinson DVD Angers Fans
7:22 pm, October 8th, 2009
OK, “Twilight” fans. We heard you – loud and clear.
Tips poured into Gossip Cop headquarters about “Robsessed,” an allegedly “all-access” DVD about the life of Robert Pattinson.
Many supporters of RobsessedPattinson.com – who Tweets as @ROBsessedBlog – brought to our attention the site’s claim that Revolver Entertainment, the company behind the DVD, had lifted material from their site to market the unauthorized DVD.
Gossip Cop called Revolver for comment. No one we spoke to in the Los Angeles office would say anything beyond asserting that the “content” of the DVD is completely original. We’ve asked for further comment from producers in the UK office. Still waiting, and we will let you know as soon as we hear.
NOW – in the course of writing this post, it appears as though the matter has been at least temporarily resolved. If we’re reading our Tweets correctly, Revolver has pulled the, um, “similar” wording from their online platform.
That said, here are three points:
1. We find the unauthorized and often invasive exploitation of stars for profit to be heinous, especially when, as in this case, those stars have been particularly scarred by interactions with the media.
2. We’re very encouraged to see fans stand up to shameless profiteering, especially when the offending party has wronged not only the celebrity, but also the fans who put time and effort into content without intending to make a dollar from it.
3. From what we can TELL, the first two points apply to today’s events. But we want to be very careful about assigning blame without cause. So if we’re missing some key information, please let us know. We would love to hear Revolver’s side of the story, if there is one.
But it sure seems shady to Gossip Cop.
In the end, what we want is fairness – for stars, for the fans who enjoy their work, and from the media who cover them.
We will follow the “Robsessed” story as it develops.