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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Did Scotty McCreery deserve to win American Idol?

YES by Free Britney

Two words: 122 million. That's the number of people who crowned the newest American Idol this week.

Not exactly a small sample size. We could keep playing the numbers game - how many songs, how many aspirants he bested - but you get the idea.

Some will say Pia Toscano was ousted too soon, and she probably was. Ditto James Durbin. But can anyone really dispute Scotty McCreery's worthiness?

Many of this year's eliminations were controversial, but only relative to some of the contestants who outlasted them - not to Scotty specifically.

He's got an outstanding voice perfectly suited for country, and he proved it time and again. What he lacks in flair, he makes up for with talent.

Slow, smooth and steady won this race, and deservedly so.

The Idol Winner is ...

NO by Hilton Hater

Scotty McCreery is a fantastic singer. If I were going purely by voice, he'd have earned my vote as American Idol champion after his first audition.

But forget what the judges say: This is not purely a singing competition.

There are, and there should be, other factors at work. The legitimacy of Idol itself is at stake, especially with new competition such as The Voice and The X-Factor.

It really needs to crank out a successful winner, and Lauren Alaina stands a better chance at sustained success than Scotty does.

For whatever reason, male victors simply don't do well on the charts. Kris Allen? David Cook? Lee DeWyze? Can anyone name a top 10 single by any of them?

As evidenced by her duet with Carrie Underwood, Alaina has a long way to go. But she's tough. She overcame a sprained throat to compete in the finals.

She clearly wants this and I have no doubt she has more potential to be the next Carrie than Scotty has to be more than a one-month wonder.

THG Asks you ... did Scotty deserve to win?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Will Two and a Half Men succeed with Ashton Kutcher?

YES by Hilton Hater

Two and a Half Men has been the highest rated comedy on TV for years. Therefore, in order for the show to be a success, it simply has to maintain the bulk of that audience.

That's why Ashton Kutcher is an ideal replacement for Charlie Sheen.

Is he particularly exciting? No. Can I name his last critically-acclaimed movie? Gosh, no. (Seriously, try sitting through Valentine's Day or Killers.)

But Kutcher is safe, much like the show itself. This isn't Community, which takes chances and offers up unique, outrageous stunts and storylines.

It's a bland, predictable, cliche-ridden half hour of nonsense.

Ashton's the same. He's got a big smile and many Twitter followers and won't require writers to think for more than three seconds about any line they pen.

Sounds like a boring winner to me.

  • At Killers Premiere
  • A True Winner

NO by Free Britney 

#LOSING. My argument could begin and end there. Charlie Sheen may be a certified nut job, but he's right when he says he was Two and a Half Men.

If you think about it, the CBS comedy was a huge hit because it basically allowed the star to play a fictionalized but mostly accurate version of himself.

Charlie's popularity since going off the rails is proof of this. He's got serious issues, but he's a lovable loon, whether his surname is Sheen or Harper.

No offense to Ashton Kutcher, but ... Ashton Kutcher?

In the words of one respected TV critic, "I am far from impressed ... The move comes across as a shameless attempt to tap into a younger generation, one familiar with Kutcher from his days on Fox and MTV. I don’t think it will work.”

THG Asks you ... will Ashton and 2 1/2 Men thrive? Who won this argument?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Should Kim Kardashian give advice on teen pregnancy?

YES by Hilton Hater

Let me be clear: by no stretch of any imagination should Kim Kardashian be a role model.

She is famous solely because she made a sex tape, hired a good publicist and is willing to attach her name to any product on the market.

But these facts don't change another fact: she IS a role model. She has close to four million Facebook fans, six million Twitter followers.

For reasons that defy comprehension, people - many of whom are teenage women - care about what Kim says, thinks and does.

So instead of finding another reason to bash her, why not applaud Kim for actually using her pedestal for an important cause? Yes, she got there by having filmed intercourse with Ray J. But she didn't get pregnant as a result, did she?

See. She talks the talk and has walked the walk.


NO by Free Britney 

Look at the photo above. This is who's opining on social issues of our time.

This isn't to say that Kim Kardashian is a bad person, or that she can't have opinions on serious subjects. But she needs to know her role and shut her yap too.

Kim's missive about Teen Mom glorifying pregnancy is laughable. Not because of the MTV show's content, but because of the reasons you know who Kim is.

Kim loves her kurves. Kim endorses QuikTrim! Kim shows kleavage on Twitter! Kim shills for new show! Kim dates half the NFL! Kim endorses bogus kredit kard!

She accuses Teen Mom of making celebrities out of its cast, an odd message from a girl who got famous from a sex tape and flaunts her sexuality on a daily basis.

The ultimate product of the same celebrity-obsessed culture she derides, Kim has milked it for a fortune, has zero credibility and is in no position to judge.

THG Asks you ... should Kim be giving advice? Who won this argument?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Should Rex Ryan face disciplinary action over his wife's foot fetish video?

YES by Hilton Hater

When Rex signed a contract that pays $3 million a year, he did so with the acknowledgment that he was accepting more than just owner Woody Johnson's money and the task of leading the Jets to their first Super Bowl since 1969.

He was also trading in any semblance of a private life. Ryan coaches in new York, the sports equivalent of Beverly Hills when it comes to tabloid coverage.

He's the face of a franchise. He had to have known this embarrassing video would surface. It was his responsibility to do what he could to remove it.

Not because I care one iota about what Rex Ryan's sex life. But because a coach's job is to motivate, not distract. When Darrelle Revis is answering questions about the pinky toe tickle instead of the zone blitz, something is very wrong.


NO by Free Britney 

The mere existence of a Rex Ryan foot fetish video is bizarre, unusual, and enough to cause a tabloid frenzy. At its core, however, it's personal and harmless.

Rex's judgment was awful here. Anything resembling sexual dalliances with Michelle Ryan, a.k.a. "ihaveprettyfeet," should have been kept private - by him.

It's a distraction the Jets don't need as they attempt the difficult feet feat of making and advancing in the AFC playoffs. He should tread (sorry) more carefully.

At the same time, the man did nothing wrong.

So Rex Ryan has a thing for his own wife's feet. Since when does being a sexual freak make you a criminal, a detriment to society or even bad at your job?

In Brett Favre's case, dude allegedly sent pics of his mediocre wang to Jenn Sterger and requested a video of her masturbating. That's harassment. This?

Just a middle-aged couple keeping it HOT!

THG Asks you ... should Rex be disciplined? Who won this argument?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Does Miley Cyrus deserve the criticism over her infamous bong video?

YES by Hilton Hater

Legality does not equate to morality. At age 18 and partying in California, no one can argue that Miley Cyrus wasn't within her rights to smoke salvia out of a bong.

But is that the only criteria by which we judge celebrities, whether or not they can get arrested for an act?

Miley isn't stupid. She's aware that cameras follow her around and that her fans are mostly young girls. In exchange for the popularity and money she's earned in her career, is it really too much to ask to refrain from harmful acts in public?

The law isn't the issue here. It's the impression Cyrus gives off. Heck, she could star in an adult film tomorrow and police couldn't do a thing. But would supporters back this decision, as well, simply because Miley isn't violating any laws?

NO by Free Britney 

Some people, including my colleague Hilton Hater, have it out for Miley Cyrus. They scrutinize everything she does until they find something to whine about.

Surely Miley could be smarter about some decisions. That makes her no different from any teen. In this case, though her actions were harmless and LEGAL.

What youngster doesn't experiment in their formative years? People quick to bash Miley should look in the mirror, and be thankful she isn't doing much worse.

Just because she's a star doesn't make her a role model 24/7 (parents need to step up if kids really think this), and even if it did, this wouldn't be THAT bad.

The only real question here: How's the view up there, Bill O'Reilly? Like what you see, Dr. Drew? Hilton Hater? Wonder what it's like to sit atop such a high horse.

THG Asks you ... does Miley deserve criticism? Who won this argument?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Does Teen Mom glorify teen pregnancy?

YES by Free Britney

Consequences? What consequences?

By paying the Teen Mom cast more than most of us make in a year, MTV effectively rewards irresponsible behavior.

Look no further than the fact that Amber Portwood is a tabloid mainstay. So nice to see MTV supports her underage alcoholism and violent tendencies.

Yes, the show realistically depicts the personal problems teen moms can experience, but it fosters the notion that you can be a star through pregnancy.

MTV will put ANYthing on the air for ratings. It will also recruit a new cast of pregnant teen moms who saw season one and see their ticket to fame.


NO by Hilton Hater

Does tabloid coverage of Teen Mom glorify teen pregnancy? Absolutely. It makes girls into celebrities for no reason other than getting knocked up at a young age.

But the show itself simply chronicles the daily struggles of teens such as Farrah, whose boyfriend died in a car accident prior to the birth of their daughter; and Maci, who tries to juggle school and a custody battle with raising little Bentley.

Indeed, while Bristol Palin simply talks about abstinence - while acting as if the only real consequence of pregnancy is an increased bank account and a spot on TV's highest rated show - these teen mothers prove the old saying to be true:

Actions speak louder than words. And I challenge anyone to watch Amber Portwood in action and not rush out to purchase a lifetime supply of condoms.

THG Asks you ... does Teen Mom glorify teen pregnancy? Who won this debate?

 

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Welcome to THG's new feature, in which two of our celebrity gossip experts debate topical issues in the entertainment world and you decide who wrote the winning argument!

Today, THG Asks: Should Lindsay Lohan Appear on Dancing With the Stars?

YES by Free Britney

Dancing With the Stars has resurrected careers for years. With Lindsay Lohan, they'd not only have a buzz-worthy star, but a lock for the redemption angle.

When I heard DWTS was courting LiLo, I was skeptical. Is she ready for the spotlight so soon, I wondered. But what better start to her post-rehab life?

This is a girl once known for family-friendly projects. Now that she's really turning a corner in her troubled life, she can endear herself to 20 million people.

Whether it's fans' first look at Lohan 2.0, or a welcome comeback by the adorable Parent Trap star, she can actually dance, giving her a leg up on Bristol!

The Dance

NO by Hilton Hater

Lindsay Lohan should not go Dancing with the Stars for one reason: she'd win in a landslide. Seriously, check out "Jingle Bell Rock" choreography in Mean Girls.

But even more seriously: DWTS is viewed by over 20 million people a week. While the resumes of its "Stars" may often be thin, at least these contestants are known for SOMEthing in their professional field. (Okay, except Bristol Palin.)

Sadly, Lindsay isn't known as anything but a train wreck at this point. The acting boat sailed about two drug arrests ago. How would ABC even describe her? Lindsay Lohan, Professional Rehabber? Not an example such a popular show should set.

THG Asks you ... should Lindsay go on DWTS? Who made the winning case?

 

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