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The public feud between Reese Witherspoon and Star is exemplary in exposing the fragile dynamic of tabloid/celebrity interdependence. They rely on each other for publicity and profit, but sometimes the game turns nasty. About a month ago, Star ran photos of Reese while pointing out her slightly protruding belly. If you're a woman living in Hollywood and your abs show the slightest bit of "pouch", then speculative fervor ignites over your pregnancy status. The feud started when Reese layed eyes upon herself on the cover of Star with the blaring headline BABY #3! She immediately went livid and because she claims she's not pregnant, informed the magazine of her planned lawsuit against them. Now here's where it gets interesting. Star responds to the lawsuit by running a very unflattering photo of a bikini-wearing Reese on the beach, along with the headline, "SHE'S NOT PREGNANT, IT'S BLOAT!!" If that wasn't enough humilation for her, they also included an inset photo of Reese's face, and she looks like some sort of melting swamp creature. I haven't read anything about the lawsuit since Star ran the "retraction", but I hope there's a scathing update in a future issue. Medium: Ink on paper, digital color.
UPDATE: Another movie star vs Star magazine fiasco! This time the victim is Shannen Doherty.