This is what we call "trolling for the sake of trolling."
Exactly one year ago, Paulina Gretzky went viral. Here at BroBible, we know because we were there, publishing a gallery of her Twitter photos that got hundreds of thousands of views in a matter of days. Writing for Canada's QMI Press Agency, Linda Massarella took some swings at The Great One's daughter in a column published today. She calls Paulina Gretzky out for being sports blog fodder and not doing enough to further advance her career.
Via the Calgary Sun:
Paulina Gretzky's 15 minutes appear to be officially over. Thank God! The modelling career the 24-year-old claimed she yearned for never happened. Neither did the singing career.
No mainstream media has covered her, except as a running joke on the enfant terrible pictures she posts of herself, such as her spread eagle over two pals near a pool or, recently, giving a puppet in the shape of U.S. President Barack Obama the middle finger.
It was exactly a year ago this week -- on American Thanksgiving -- that the off-spring of Canada's greatest gentleman hockey hero, Wayne Gretzky, began making news.
She had published some very suggestive photos of herself on her Twitter account and then got into a fight with dad about taking them down. Paulina, who had 25,000 Twitter followers at the time, told them: "Having a nice sit down dinner with my dad about social media .. haha."
She immediately replaced the suggestive photos with a family holiday picture and on Nov. 29 tweeted she was closing her account for a while.
More bitterness from Massarella:
Although Gretzky's Twitter followers doubled, then doubled again to about 200,000 followers a few months ago, the numbers are now stagnant.
Paulina appears to have done nothing tangible to advance her career. She merely continues to post photos of herself in new revealing outfits. Her expression is always the same: She looks straight at the camera and does this odd puckering thing with her lips, which I suppose is meant as "come-hither" pout.
Woosh, that's a lot of pontificating for one column. In an era of Internet fame, the whole thing jealousy. But more importantly, it neglects to mention some of the highlights of Gretzky's career over the past few months.
As we see it, Massarella's icy cold glass of Hateorade is just plain wrong.
For starters, there was the tremendously successful photoshoot and interview in Complex Magazine's September issue. Secondly, there's the photos of her on the set of Adam Sandler's "Grown Ups 2," a summer comedy that's pretty much guaranteed to be a hit when it comes out in 2013. Bigger and better things are clearly on the way.
Showbiz careers aren't built in a day. If she was suddenly landing high acting, singing, or modeling gigs, people would quickly accuse her of nepotism. Considering the spotlight she's in, she's done a hell of a job avoiding the temptation to milk the Gretzky family name.
With 200,000 followers on Twitter and a year of blog exposure in the bag, Paulina is much, much more than just The Great One's hto daughter. She's amassed a huge, borderline mainstream social footprint. Unlike a year ago, she's now her own independent Internet phenomenon, capable of propelling herself into the spotlight of her choosing. If you really think her 15 minutes are up, you're simply not paying close enough attention. Expect an "I Told You So" moment down the road when she flips her Internet fame into something extraordinary.