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The 'Shawn Johnson'

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8/21/2008 7:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

After getting hundreds of hate emails, phone calls, and rage-filled comments over the last 24 hours, we at TMZ finally took the hint -- not everybody found the Shawn Johnson/Topo Gigio comparison hilarious. Sure, we'll eat the crow you shoved down our throats -- but you gotta check out some of the messages we got in our "contact us" mailbox. We even got a letter from an official Team USA Gymnastics rep!

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Yes, we got the message loud and clear, but make sure to click through to the final email -- the one that started this whole mess in the first place.

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Kathy    

So you are blaming an email from a viewer for starting this! You do everything readers tell you to do?????! Your site is becoming more and more like perezhilton's every day! You're nothing but a trashy tabloid site! When are you going to start being a respectable site and stop making fun of people! There's not one of you at TMZ that has any room to talk about someone else's looks! Grow up TMZ!!!! This one the lowest you've ever stooped. You've lost a lot of respect from a lot of viewers over this one. Can any of you who put this rag site together say that you've accomplished anything spectacular in your life such as winning a medal at the Olympics? Of course not - you're too busy making fun of people for kicks. This is my last time on your site.

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matt    

I don't know what the big deal is either. you weren't putting her down for being a slut like Miley or a drug addict like Lindsey. It just so happens that she kinda looks like that rat. damn people need to calm down. Its like the line from South Park, I believe it was the Cartoon Wars episode, "Either its all ok to make fun of, or none of it is ok to make fun of" Ya'll can't pick and choose what is ok and not ok to make fun of. Either its ALL ok, or NONE of it is ok.

Keep it up TMZ!

Matt

2152 days ago
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VI    

OMG WUT WAS THE BIG DEAL? THEY ARE JUST BEING FUNNY. I THOUGHT THAT THE COMPARISON WAS PREETY HILARIOUS. THE GIRL IS CUTE ANYWAYS I DONT THINK SHE IS GOING TO NEED ANY THERAPY B/C SHE SAW HER PIC ON TMZ BEING COMPARED TO A RAT SHE PROBABLY LAUGHED HERSELF. IS NOT LIKE TMZ IS MAKING FUN OF SOMEONE WITH A DISABILITY. PEOPLE NEED TO RELAX!

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Ralph    

How in the world named her "America's Sweetheart"? She does look like a little rat.

Get over yourselves with this complaining. She's an athlete. She isn't Mother Teresa.

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KRISTEN    

I FOUND THE POST FUNNY AND TRUE. I DONT THINK TMZ SHOULD HAVE TAKEN IT DOWN. JUST BECAUSE PEOPLE CANT LIGHTEN UP. PEOPLE MAKE FUN OF MILEY ALL THE TIME AND MOST THE TIME PEOPLE DONT CARE BUT NO SINCE SHE WON GOLD SHES A BIG DEAL. WELL SHE WISHES SHE WAS.

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shawn johnson fan    

I read this post about TMZ taking down the original post where they compared Shawn Johnson to a rat. However as I scrolled through subsequent pages the original post IS STILL THERE! So what is it TMZ, you either took it down or you didn't?
You should all be ashamed of yourselves for making fun of a young girl who at 16 has accomplished more than most of you will in your whole despicable lives.

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Dave    

The people have spoken! Good on TMZ for making the positive change! Long live Shawn Johnson!

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Wow.    

In a time where 15 year olds try to be 30 year olds and a U.S. hit is "I Kissed a Girl and I Like it", SJ is an inspiration that there is still hope for the future generations. There is enough nonsense out there to write about that we all flock to read, so to post a comparison that some might find offensive is nothing more than hope in increasing publicity of TMZ, so congrats they have succeeded. It sad becuase an Olympian, in my mind, has more talent than most "celebrities" and here instead of being proud Americans we poke fun. I have a hard time thinking other countries are doing the same thing to their gold medalists.........

2152 days ago
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tajuan    

Shawn Johnson has out classed TDZ.com. She deserves our respect for her dedication and performance in the games. Her smile and love of America out classed TDZ.com.

Jessica when you have a man you don't have to talk about it...he will show up to prove to all that he's with you. And checking his phone was a sign of your insecurity.

2152 days ago
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Jeremy    

this shawn johnson thing was really dispicable. i will continue to watch your show because i am easily entertained, but you should really post some kind of apology or I know...maybe start the 'Shawn Johnson Humanitarion of the Day Award' for your show. Ha. Just a thought. But come on guys...............little kids?

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LA CABBALLOTA IVY QEEN    

yeah !! TMZ dont mess with role models . its ok to f**k wth stupi celibreties. But these olympians go trough a lot making our country a little better.

2152 days ago
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angelfish420    

F***ing hilarious, TMZ! Making fun of a public figure is called satire, pure and simple. And she DOES look like topo gigio. How cute is that little thing? A 16-YO is not a child anymore, either. I can't believe these sheep that read your site got so offended at the post. Seriously people, get over yourselves.

2152 days ago
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Kim    

All the people that responded with hate letters need to relax. It was a JOKE, as many things TMZ posts is meant in fun. Either don't read it if you cannot take a joke or realize it has no intention of hurting someone's feelings. Seriously spend your time helping your neighbors, bettering your life or doing some good for all of mankind. Not wasting your time ranting about a JOKE.

p.s maybe just get a life would work too

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