On April 21, 2014 the world was taken by surprise; two reality stars made their debut in the sex tape game. Who am I talking about?? Hint…..they both are on VH1’s Love & Hip Hop Atlanta….
MIMI FAUST & NIKKO SMITH
Now I know what you guys are probably wondering: What the hell is going on with Mimi? Why would she “lower her standards” to be in such a movie? Who “leaked” the video? Is she trying to compete with Joseline Hernandez? These are all very good questions, but y’all are missing the bigger picture here. SHE IS TRYING TO BE EVEN MORE FAMOUS!!! So far it seems to be working for her.
First of all, Steve Hirsch, the founder and co-chairman of Vivid Entertainment, somehow got the tape in his possession (you will see more on Love and Hip Hop Season 3). It’s rumored that Mimi herself leaked the tape, but she strongly denies doing so. Whatever way the tape got there, it’s been working in her favor….well somewhat. Pre-sales of the “Scandal in Atlanta” raked in right around $400,000, making it the best pre-debut in history. But Mimi and Nikko only got about $225,000 a piece before signing off on it…..OUCH. So will they cash in on any more money from the sales? We will have to stay tuned for that.
Mimi Faust and Nikko Smith are not the first reality star couple to make a sex tape. So….WHY DO SOME PEOPLE WANT TO DO SOMETHIN’ STRANGE FOR SOME CHANGE? IS IT EVEN WORTH IT AT ALL? Some of the people mentioned below made sex tapes and their careers went to the next level while others were not as fortunate. So get ready for this special review as we take a stroll down the WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!
Motley Crue band member Tommy Lee and Baywatch star Pamela Anderson were a hot married couple in the late 1990’s. The two were married in 1995 after only knowing each other for three days…(BLANK STARE).
In 1998 a sex tape of Tommy and Pamela surfaced. The couple said the tape was stolen from their house and that it was of them being intimate while on their honeymoon.
The sex tape titled Stolen Honeymoon was released in 1998 by a distribution company. Later on it was bought out by Steve Hirsch from Vivid Entertainment with Tommy and Pamela’s consent. This was Tommy Lee’s first sex tape but Pamela Anderson’s second (she had a sex tape with Poison lead singer Bret Michaels which leaked in 1998).
Tommy and Pamela made $1.5 million dollars from a lawsuit they filed against the distribution company who released the tape without their consent. The couple later divorced in 1998 due to a domestic violence incident . Their sex tape is still very popular today.
Paris Hilton is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, founder of Hilton Hotels. She had a modeling career at age 19 and was a well known socialite. In 2003 Paris and her former friend Nicole Richie were finishing their reality show The Simple Life when news of a sex tape surfaced. The sex tape was of Paris and her ex-boyfriend Rick Salomon. Paris said that she was under the influence of alcohol and doesn’t remember the video being filmed.
Rick Salomon sold the tape to the Red Light District distribution company and the movie titled 1 Night in Paris was officially released in 2004. Paris took Rick to court over the tape but they were able to reach a settlement out of court for about $400,000. When Vivid Entertainment bought the rights to the video it was rumored that Paris made $14 million dollars. She said that was not true and that she donated some of the money awarded in the settlement to charity.
Paris went on to become a big reality star from shooting several seasons of The Simple Life. She also has her own perfume line, apparel line, and has recorded two studio albums. Paris is currently signed to Cash Money Records and has been deejaying overseas making $100,000 per show.
Former video vixen Karrine Steffans a.k.a Superhead was a notorious groupie in the entertainment/hip hop world known for sleeping with numerous stars including Ja Rule, Jamie Foxx, Puff Daddy, Shaquille O’Neal, Vin Diesel and Usher.
Karrine released a book in 2005 titled Confessions Of A Video Vixen. In the book, she described her sexual encounters with these men, and others, while explaining what was expected of a video girl in the hip hop world. Karrine however had a dark secret she had not revealed. She filmed a sex tape under the stage name Honey with porn star Mr. Marcus. She had a couple of scenes in Mr. Marcus’ DVD titled Cool Spot. Mr. Marcus said that he hadn’t realized who Karrine was until he saw her appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show where she was interviewed about her book. He said he knew he was sitting on a “gold mine” and had to re-release the movie to expose her. Karrine tried to block the tape from being released but was unsuccessful. The tape released in 2005 and was titled Superhead.
Mr. Marcus said that Karrine had excellent oral skills and that she earned the name “Superhead”. To date Superhead is the best selling African American porn tape of all time. Karrine is not in the public eye much anymore but she still writes from time to time.
Kim Kardashian got her start in 2006 in the entertainment world as a stylist to the celebrities. Around this time she was in a relationship with R&B singer Ray J and was spotted hanging around Hollywood, CA with Paris Hilton. Kim was starting to get into the limelight but was not quite there yet even though her father, Robert Kardashian, was famous for representing O.J. Simpson during his murder trial. Kim, according to close friends, was desperate for her own fame. So what would be a good way to increase her popularity??? MAKE A SEX TAPE!!!
Kim Kardashian and Ray J made their sex tape while on vacation in Cancun, Mexico. They both said that the tape was stolen, but sources close to them said that the pair made the tape on purpose to increase their fame. Kim claims she was “horrified” by the leak of the tape and did not give consent. Ray J, however, had a different story.
He said that Kim did give consent and that the tape was her idea. There was documentation that revealed that Kim gave her consent for the movie to be distributed through Vivid Entertainment. She was paid $5 million dollars for the movie while Ray J only received $1 million. The couple, who broke up before the tape was released in 2007, has the highest selling movie ever in the history of Vivid Entertainment.
Kim Kardashian moved on and is now a reality star powerhouse. Keeping Up With The Kardashians has aired for 10 seasons on E!. She has a daughter, North West, with fiance Kanye West, and the couple are rumored to wed in May 2014. Ray J went on to star in his own reality show For The Love Of Ray J which aired for two seasons. He is set to be on the next season of Love and Hip Hop LA.
Dustin Diamond a.k.a Screech was a popular character on the 1990s hit TV show Saved By The Bell. In 2006, after not being seen in the public eye for a while, Dustin re-appeared and had a surprise for everyone…HE MADE A SEX TAPE!!!!
The tape, titled Screeched: Saved By The Smell, was supposed to be of him and two women in a bathtub engaging in a lot of different hot and raunchy acts. People close to him were saying that it was a publicity stunt because he needed the money. Apparently those people were right. In an interview on Oprah Winfrey’s OWN network in December 2013, Dustin admitted that he leaked the tape. He also said that he used a body double with the two women and that it’s actually not him. He hoped to make lots of money off of the tape and get back into the limelight. DID Y’ALL WATCH SCREECHED OR WAS I THE ONLY ONE WHO DIDN’T CARE??? LOL!
Now this is only the beginning, stay tuned for the scoop on more celebs who have taken the infamous WALK OF SHAME 4 THE RISE TO FAME!!
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