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Oscar Party Gift Bags Include Kid's Book Satirizing Hollywood (The Joke's on Streisand!)
PR Web, via Yahoo ^ | 3/6/06

Posted on 03/06/2006 12:59:10 PM PST by shining_city

Many of Hollywood's brightest stars received an unexpected surprise in their Oscar party gift bags last night -- an advance copy of a children’s book that parodies celebrity activists.

Bestselling author Katharine DeBrecht's new book “Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper” (Kids Ahead; hardcover; ISBN 0976726912) hits stores nationwide on Tuesday, but scores of Academy Award honorees past and present were given a sneak peek at the sure-to-be-controversial book on Sunday. The illustrated book features satirical look-a-likes resembling outspoken celebrities including Barbra Streisand, Sean Penn, Madonna, Britney Spears, Ben Affleck, and Tom Cruise. It tells the story of Janie and Sam, two girls who were happy just being kids until Hollywood stars pop out of their hamper to tell them how to behave and to sell them expensive trinkets.

The books were included in gift bags handed out to celebrities at a black tie gala in Beverly Hills following the awards show at the Kodak Theater. Organizers expected some 200 celebrities -- including dozens of current and previous Oscar nominees -- to attend the event, making it one of Tinseltown's biggest award night parties.

“Know-it-all liberal celebrities are never at a loss for telling people how to live, what to buy, and how to vote,” says author DeBrecht, a captain of South Carolina's “Security Moms for Bush” and a mother of three. “Children need to understand that just because these people show up on television and in the movies doesn't mean they know what's best for the rest of America.”

DeBrecht’s latest book is the highly anticipated sequel to her surprise hit from last fall titled “Help! Mom! There Are Liberals Under My Bed” (Kids Ahead; hardcover; ISBN 0976726904). That book soared to #1 on Barnes & Noble's website but drew fiery criticism for its portrayal of Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy as cartoon villains who tax and regulate a lemonade stand.

None of the celebrities attending the post-Oscar gala had commented on their reaction to “Help! Mom! Hollywood's in My Hamper” at the time of this writing.

Celebrity “gifting” -- handing out free products to stars attending awards shows -- has become a major business in recent years. Published reports indicate that the official Oscar gift bag handed out at the Academy Awards generally contains over $100,000 worth of electronics, cosmetics, and gift certificates. The suggested retail price for the latest “Help Mom” book, by contrast, is just $15.95.

“Since I don't think that I'll ever receive an invitation to the Academy Awards, I'm thrilled that my book was handed out at a major Oscar party,” laughs DeBrecht. “With Hollywood choosing to ignore family-friendly movies and instead honor films about gay cowboys, sympathetic terrorists, and -- of course -- McCarthyism, I doubt that I'll be asked walk down the red carpet with a copy of 'Help Mom' anytime soon.”

About Kids Ahead: Kids Ahead is an imprint of Los Angeles-based World Ahead Publishing, the West Coast's leading publisher of conservative books. Visit http://www.helpmombooks.com to learn more.

Contact Information: To interview author Katharine DeBrecht, contact Special Guests at (630) 848-0750.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: hollywood; oscars
LOL. Babs must be furious -- I can't wait for that blog posting!
1 posted on 03/06/2006 12:59:13 PM PST by shining_city
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To: shining_city

ROFLMAO


2 posted on 03/06/2006 1:01:56 PM PST by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys-Reagan and Bush)
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To: shining_city
The dimmest bulbs of Tinseltown—Daisy Snears, Rayonna, Barbara Buttersand, Sean Penny, Oh! Prah, Ben Aflac, Larry Queen, Whoopie, and "Toenailology" Tom—are all here in this hilarious full-color book. And, along with their media friends Katie Curtain, Michael Maroon, and unemployed Dan, they've never been funnier!

Of course, no "Help! Mom!" book would be complete without a pants-suit clad Hillary stirring up trouble. This time she joins her Hollywood pals to tell children what to do and decide what's best for families.

This is absolutely great!

3 posted on 03/06/2006 1:03:02 PM PST by digger48
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To: shining_city

Did they get "Team America" last year?


4 posted on 03/06/2006 1:03:16 PM PST by kallisti
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To: shining_city

I wish they could have thrown in "State of Fear" too.


5 posted on 03/06/2006 1:04:06 PM PST by Cecily
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To: shining_city
"LOL. Babs must be furious -- I can't wait for that blog posting!"

She'll probably write this:

"Hoo put dis stoopid book en my bag! I not gonnuh wreed it!"

6 posted on 03/06/2006 1:04:20 PM PST by cchandler
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To: shining_city

LOL...And they have to declare the gifts for tax purposes!


7 posted on 03/06/2006 1:05:33 PM PST by jazusamo (:Gregory was riled while Hume smiled:)
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To: Cecily

"State of Fear" wouldn't go over too well - to many pages with words in tiny letters. Hollywood celebrities need small words in big fonts with colorful pictures.


9 posted on 03/06/2006 1:07:03 PM PST by doc30 (Democrats are to morals what and Etch-A-Sketch is to Art.)
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To: shining_city

I sense a book burning in the near future.


10 posted on 03/06/2006 1:07:25 PM PST by pfflier
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To: shining_city

I still think she ought to write "Help! Mom! There's an intern under my desk!"
Probably sell well in the "Blue States".


11 posted on 03/06/2006 1:09:41 PM PST by mikeybaby (long time lurker)
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To: shining_city
Their favorite gift bag item:


12 posted on 03/06/2006 1:10:15 PM PST by demkicker (democrats and terrorists are familiar bedfellows)
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To: shining_city

Love it.


13 posted on 03/06/2006 1:11:23 PM PST by DoughtyOne (If you don't want to be lumped in with those who commit violence in your name, take steps to end it.)
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To: shining_city

Good! Maybe they will start to take a look at themselves and realize how the rest of America sees them, not just their butt kissing PR rep and agent.


14 posted on 03/06/2006 1:23:54 PM PST by sandbar
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To: cchandler

Assuming that she could.... read it, that is.


15 posted on 03/06/2006 1:29:40 PM PST by dhs12345
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To: shining_city

Moooom...Tom Cruise won't get out of the closet!


16 posted on 03/06/2006 1:41:09 PM PST by kaktuskid
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To: shining_city
“Children need to understand that just because these people show up on television and in the movies doesn't mean they know what's best for the rest of America.”

Perfect.

17 posted on 03/06/2006 1:55:58 PM PST by Alien Gunfighter (Isolationism now! This ain't the 40s!)
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To: shining_city

How did DeBrecht get her book chosen? This must have been a mistake.


18 posted on 03/06/2006 2:00:23 PM PST by peacebaby (I'm Louise)
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To: shining_city

"...generally contains over $100,000 worth of electronics, cosmetics, and gift certificates."

hope they are paying taxes on their gift bags


19 posted on 03/06/2006 2:06:46 PM PST by New Girl
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To: shining_city

I doubt that I'll be asked walk down the red carpet with a copy of 'Help Mom' anytime soon.”


And because of that...aren't you blessed???


20 posted on 03/06/2006 2:12:19 PM PST by cubreporter (I trust Rush. He has done more for this country than any of us will ever know. Go Rush!)
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To: New Girl
....generally contains over $100,000 worth of electronics, cosmetics, and gift certificates."

The gift certificates are what shoots that total value up, and they're all but useless. A typical one is a week at a luxury resort, valued at $15,000 or more. Problem is that the resort is on Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, and airfare isn't included. And the celebs can't even give them away, since it's specifically only for them. So they end up throwing them away, but in the meantime all the publicity has talked about how valuable that useless gift is.

21 posted on 03/06/2006 2:15:23 PM PST by Heyworth
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To: shining_city

HA ha...
and the RATS take another one in the...

22 posted on 03/06/2006 3:02:42 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist )
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To: shining_city

The author is on the most hated conservatives list on the DU site. Hollywood DU'er libs must be spitting nails.


23 posted on 03/06/2006 3:07:52 PM PST by I still care (")
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