Created By: TheUrbanPrince on July 11, 2010 Last Edited By: TheUrbanPrince on July 17, 2010

Bullet Proof Image/Controversy Proof

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Do We Have This One?? Artists from certain genres of music can survive scandalous controversies that would destroy or cripple other pure mainstream artists, For instance; Any pop artists that said or did anything politically controversial, or done something that's legally reprehensible and possibly career ending could normally be survived by Alt/Rock, Heavy Metal, or Hardcore Hip Hop/Gangsta Rap artists. Pop artists come under scrutiny and they have to back peddle, clean up their image etc.. with the other aforementioned genres it probably HELPS their image. Sure the Moral Guardians will whine real loudly, but nothing will ever come of it. Their image and fanbase remain intact

This could also be true for actors and athletes whom are probably charismatic and charming enough that the general public wont care about what ever scandal is plaguing them. A good example is probably David Letterman, as oppose to Tiger Woods.
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  • July 11, 2010
    Teflon Artist maybe?

    As a riff off of Teflon President
  • July 11, 2010
    I think it would be a bad idea to have this. It would just serve as a forum to dish dirt on celebrities, like Small Name Big Ego used to be.
  • July 11, 2010
    Except it's nothing like that...In fact we still have Role Ending Misdemeanor
  • July 11, 2010
    If we do decide to have this, a definite example would have to be black metal. People like Varg Vikernes have had their images boosted (in the minds of fans) thanks to convictions of arson and even murder.
  • July 12, 2010
    Heather Locklear (the previous Mrs. Tommy Lee) publicly warned Pamela Anderson (the about-to-be Mrs. Tommy Lee) about Tommy Lee, pretty much on the basis that as a bad boy rocker, Mr. Lee was controversy proof and therefore had nothing to lose by doing stuff that could damage Ms. Anderson's career. One sextape later, Ms. Locklear could say "I told you so", although it doesn't seem to have done Ms. Anderson's career *that* much harm.

    Also Paris Hilton would appear to have only become MORE famous after the sort of revelation that put Rob Lowe into obscurity for a decade.

  • July 12, 2010
    ^^The black metal episode of Bones had Booth offering to charge the various metal band characters with assaulting a federal officer and such in exchange for information. I seem to recall a similar bit in an NYPD Blue with a rapper who needed the "street cred."
  • July 12, 2010
    R Kelly is a good example, people thought his career was doomed thanks to his statutory rape/and child porn case. But then he released his album Chocolate Factory which became one of his biggest albums amidst the controversy. So much so the media stopped scrutinizing him when they realized he wasn't going to be another sensationalized Michael Jackson train wreck.
  • July 14, 2010
  • July 15, 2010
    Mentioned in Animorphs: When a Yeerk inspector comes to see how Visser Three is doing, they decide to run a major smear campaign, as this often works on humans "but not actors or politicians. They're like immune".
  • July 16, 2010
    Unknown Troper
    I prefer Bulet Proof Image

    I'm surprised nobody mentioned Stone Coled Steve Austin. Whom beat the shit out of Debra Wilson, and went on the run for a short while.
  • July 16, 2010
    Judas Priest recoverd quite well after the suicide of a fan. Subverted with Body Count though.
  • July 17, 2010
    Any name ideas?