MTV News profiled how behavior that would have shocked the music world less than a decade ago is almost becoming a requirement to achieve fame today. “To some degree, the threshold of what shocks the American public has been lowered a little bit,” said Michael Slezak, a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly. “Paris Hilton had a sex tape before she had a record deal. We’ve now seen parts of Britney Spears that we wouldn’t have expected to see. So the fact that those things have happened have made us less shocked about Antonella [Barba] in a bikini bottom and a wet T-shirt, even if it is in front of one of the WWII memorials.” Read more.
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