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No one likes Paula Abdul

Paula Abdul

In an attempt to raise money for multiple sclerosis, Fox TV put up a chance to meet Paula on eBay with a starting price of $26,000. The auction was pulled four days later because there weren’t any bids. For some reason Fox thought a major bidding war would start.

An eBay spokesperson says, “This sort of charity auction usually makes a mint. It’s kind of sad that nobody wanted to bid on Paula.”

You know what’s even more sad? Actually bidding on Paula. I hope news gets around to people affected with MS that Paula Abdul failed them. I hope next time someone with MS sees Paula they’ll throw a bottle at her. It’s just my luck that they’ll probably miss because one of the symptoms is lack of coordination between the eyes.

  • Jo’Anne

    I can’t believe that person blaming Paula for letting them down. What the H— is that??????????? She offered her time for this, it wasn’t her fault that they should have started the bid a bit lower for other people to at least have a bid chance. Don’t blame Paula because money is tight now. And besides who knew about this? I never heard about it till now! Blame yourself not Paula for not trying to raise money for MS.
    Jo’Anne

  • Susan

    I agree with Jo’Anne. Anyone who had the $26,000 (yipes) for a starting bid probably already knows many celebrities. If they had started it down in the range of normal humans, I’m sure they would have had plenty of takers.

  • marshall

    Not everyone has 26,000 to blow on meeting someone who they would love to meet but can’t afford. Its terrible to say no one likes her when the truth is everyone would probably love to meet with her. She’s a star and you would almost have to be a star yourself to be able to spend that kind of money. Shame on the news report.

  • It was an auction for the wealthy, not me. I might give $26.00 to see american idol and donate to a good cause. But to pay to meet Paula? Let me check my calander and is she picking up the ticket for the meal. How about $36.00 and I get to call Randy dog?

  • Michael Smith

    I am outraged and appalled by the comments made about people who have Multiple Sclerosis (MS). I have been diagnosed with MS for 18 years and still function as a contributing member of society. Thus, the bottle throwing comment is a stereotypical response by an ignorant writer. People with MS have varying degrees of the illness. Not all of us end up in wheelchairs or relegated to long term care facilities. Some of us are still well attuned to participate in a variety of activities, thus the portrayal is clearly inappropriate and out of scale with what really occurs with the disease.

    As far as Paula Abdul is concerned, it is not her fault that people failed to bid on her. Let’s face reality, the beginning price was outrageous. If this was placed to aid people with MS and targeted to that audience, then not many can afford such a luxury. However if it was targeted to a general audience it can be indicative of a number of issues. One may be the popularity of Ms. Abdul. Two, it may generally reflect an apathetic audience who are struggling themselves to survive in an economically depressed environment. Three, it may be that people are overwhelmed with the constant barrage of media overplay that leads to avoidance, apathy and/or ignorance.

    If it were my decision, it may have been better to approach corporate sponsors, advertising and those within the entertainment industry on how to market Ms. Abdul. Further MS is often misunderstand and confused with other illnesses. Therefore people may be misinformed. I recall a meeting with the Health legislator from a well known republican congressional representative who asked me if MS was similar to Muscular Dystrophy. Thus we need to provide better educational opportunities for those who are confused.

    Finally, to assist those in the community, Multiple Sclerosis is a neurological disorder that attacks the central nervous system. Thus the immune system tends to get out of control and attack healthy cells within the brain and spinal cord. For some it can lead to numbness, chronic pain and/or fatigue. It can have tingling sensations in different areas of the body. It can impact neurological functioning such as memory but it is not limited to just that. It can impact emotions as well as other brain functions. For others, it can impact body functions and it can devastate the body in a progressive manner. It is solely dependent on the type of MS we have.

    In my particular instance, I have balance problems and some level of cognitive impairment (my neurologist told me I’m getting older and suffer from trying to remember too many things at once without enough memory rehearsal, whatever!) I’m getting older. I also have fatigue problems as well as numbness and tingling. This has not inhibited me in my employment as a college professor or as an advocate for people with disabilities. It has not impacted my ability to make conscious decisions and take responsibility for my actions. It has altered my body’s reactions, but give me that bottle and I am fairly confident that I can throw it at the writer of this article, and hit her/him with it.

    Thus when we make generalizations about certain illnesses, we need to know the facts.

  • Oh sorry, so I guess Paula is gonna get hit in the head after all.

  • emmm

    Jesus Christ, man, take a joke. The ignorance lies only in yourself if you think your diatribe is going to have any impact on the writer of that comment. Hello!!!

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