celebrity deaths...and the inevitable marketing sales

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  1. Ted Lee

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    so i just noticed the "three's company" banner on one of the forums. this got me wondering.

    why is it that when celeb's die, you can just about bet your paycheck that some sort of commemorative, best-of, whatever will be available for sale.

    is there a legal reason behind this? maybe the celeb dies, so the property rights go to someone else? it's "out of the hands" of the celeb...so to speak?

    now, i suppose some people will appreciate the effort and consider it a way to commemorate the passing of the individual...but i'm really doubting that's what the marketing guys are thinking.

    i can't help but think it's just another way for someone to make a quick buck "while the gettin's hot".
     
  2. John Watson

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    you ain't seen any marketing yet, like when Elvis really dies [​IMG]
     
  3. Christ Reynolds

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  4. Paul_Medenwaldt

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    I think it's the American way to capitalize on a celebrity's death. Geffen Records, for years tried to milk the Kurt Cobain death with releases of "lost" tracks.

    I don't mean to hi-jack this thread, but I have a question about celebrity deaths. For example, people still believe that Elvis is alive and i'm sure there are many other conspiracy theories regarding many other celebrities who are dead, but are rumored to be alive. My question is this, is there a precedent where a celebrity was announced to be dead, but some time later turned up alive?

    My theory is that there must be the one case in history that for some reason started the phenomenon about celebrities faking their deaths, which then this one story contributes to the nonsense of the Elvis urban legend.

    Paul
     
  5. Ted Lee

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    i'm not sure about the faking their own deaths thing, but i think a reason a lot of sightings occur is because of their "unwillingness" to let that person go.

    elvis was so popular, it was just beyond belief (to some) that he could actually be gone. same thing with bruce lee, etc....
     
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    Ahem....I just purchased the "Three's Company" DVD last night. In this case, the DVD was going to be released anyway and John Ritter was to provide audio commentary on the DVD. I guess it was just unfortunate it happened this way....
     
  7. Ted Lee

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    i think that's different danny. you were going to buy it anyway. so, it was just coincidence for you.

    i guess i'm referring more to the marketing/sales people then the consumers. i feel like those guys are exploiting someone's death for profit...
     
  8. John Watson

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    Paul, I don't want to close this thread, but there have been some who doubted certain claims of certain major religions about people rising from the dead

    On a slightly less controversial note, Dracula keeps coming back, in movie after movie... [​IMG]
     
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  10. Garrett Lundy

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    Paul: Mark Twain (aka. Samuel Clemens, Samuel Clements) was reported dead by several newspapers when he was, in fact, alive. Mr. Twain himself was confused as to why one newpaper spoke of his murder and another spoke of suicide.
     
  11. JamieD

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    Capitalism, Whoo.
     
  12. Jason Seaver

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    And yet nobody re-released the Traveling Wilburys CDs after George Harrison died. I mean, there are some cases where a little cashing it would be appreciated (they go for $35 each at used record stores around here)!
     
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    Not to mention the fact that Tupac Shakur's been dead for almost 10 years, and they still keep releasing new CDs of his music.
     
  14. Kirk Gunn

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    Paul McCartney was rumored dead... But even after dropping a magician encased in a plexiglass cube on him, he's still alive and kicking....

    Yet, I still have a hard time believing the individual whom authored "Silly Little Love Songs" is genetically related to the composer of "Let it Be".
     

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