chapter  8
25 Pages

THRIVING/ON SCANDAL

The allegations of exploitation and extortion and the settlement that followed were incidental to the main action: the media had been animated by the scandal of a young star – a princely one – and video'd sex. Scandals that once damned the famous have become opportunities for replenishing a celebrity career. While the newspaper is fictitious, the narrative is pastiche – made up from fragments of actual events rather than entirely invented. Whatever happens to Roquette and Bombon, one thing is for sure: their fame will grow if either the paper publishes the story, or the recording goes online. Such is the nature of celebrity culture: whether the social response is one of condemnation or compassion, repugnance or approval, the subject or subjects typically loom large in the public imagination. Studios ignored him while creditors pursued him. He turned to drink and died destitute aged 46, in 1933.