As of June 1, 2015, the TMZ front page includes stories on Bruce Jenner's gender transition and a date between singer Chris Martin and actress Jennifer Lawrence. These articles are perfectly representative of TMZ content.Continue Reading
TMZ is an online equivalent to print publications such as People Magazine and US Weekly, with a focus on the glamorous lives of celebrities, as well as notable scandals. TMZ has been criticized for its ethics, with many celebrities claiming a blatant media bias and an emphasis on the negative aspects of celebrity culture. Its paparazzi have also been criticized for being antagonistic, intrusive and disrespectful in obtaining video footage.
Despite such criticism, TMZ has proven very reliable in catering to its niche market. This website was the first media outlet to report the death of Michael Jackson on June 25, 2009, over three hours before major television networks. More recently, on April 25, 2014, TMZ posted a video of then-Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling's racist remarks. The video became a major news story, and the story resulted in Sterling's dismissal, along with a fine of $2.5 million. While TMZ continues to draw controversy for its tactics, it reaches an audience of 18 million people each month.Learn more about Art & Literature