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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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Cassandra    

LMAO i thought it was funnier than h3ll...she's sixteen and pint-sized: she's dealt with, and probably been called, much worse. people need to chill and take that stick out of....well, you know where i was heading :-P

2252 days ago
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Heidi    

Wow! Why do people get so pissed off because some girl looks like a rat?! Who friggin cares! TMZ can write whatever they want because its called freedom of speech. I totally support TMZ and I will continue to check their website numerous times a day. There are a lot of stupid people in this country who really need to learn how to shut the f*** up! No one gives a sh** what you think! Let TMZ make fun of whoever they want! To all the stupid people of America writing those stupid hate mail messages to TMZ, all I have to say is you need to get a friggin life!!!! P.S. That olympian girl is ugly anyway. She's fair game.

2252 days ago
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Lisa    

That's your idea of an apology? Usually an apoplgy contains the word "sorry". You people can't even get that right. You suck.

2252 days ago
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Anne-Marie    

Your comparison was funny. Don't you dare take it down.

2252 days ago
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Joshua Smith    

Tick tock TMZ... where's the apology?

I'll start making a list of your advertisers and if you don't have an apology in one hour I will post the list (along with corporate contact info for each) and let the readers determine if they want to boycott them or not.

Who's with me on this?!?!?

2252 days ago
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RDP    

Topo Gigio is one of the cutest and most beloved characters of all time. Shawn is a talented athlete with a bright and positive attitude. Why would anyone be offended by such a comparison?

2252 days ago
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anonymous    

Not very complimentary. I said she looks like a bunny-rabbit. (maybe the energizer bunny?) She does have an overbite, and pulls her top lip down over mouth often. It's funny!

2252 days ago
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jcdinpa    

I cannot believe all you people who defend TMZ and still thought it was ok to do. The bottom line is that Shawn Johnson is a kid, adults who have to get thier kicks off at the expense of kids are pathetic , should have your heads examined and take a long look in the mirror and see how you would have liked this done to you or your own kids. The problem was TMZ said "Shawn Johnson You Little Rat." not Shawn Johnson Your Cute Little Mouse or even Shawn Johnson You Cute Little Rat. They just called her a rat and that is why people are upset. Some may not think that what she has done is important, but she is an example not only to kids, but adults as well that hard work and dedication can let you achieve whatever you want ,which is the American dream. She will achieve more than any of your morons who thought this was funny will ever do. Just because she is a public figure does not make it ok to make fun of her because as I said she is still a child and I thought children were to be protected not exploited for your sick amusement. TMZ you may have removed the piece, but the piece you put in it's place is no apology and just as bad because you still posted the protest e-mails to let this continue on. You should have just removed it and let it alone, but no you had to post what you did so that you can still draw attention to it. In esence, it's no different than if you left the original up.

2252 days ago
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Susan    

Shawn is darling and so is Topo. I think she would love being compared to this adorable little toy. Not everybody looks like a doll. She pulls it off.

WTG, TMZ. Love your site and your show.

2252 days ago
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DJ    

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Allison    

Yes, she is an accomplished olympian and has worked her ass off... she also happens to resemble Topo Gigio. BFD. It was a little light hearted humor. Get a grip and take some ex-lax, people.

2252 days ago
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AM    

Is this what TMZ calls an apology?! Un-Freakin-believable. You all crossed a line and never once see an apology but instead something leading us to an e-mail that started it. I have completely lost all respect (if there was any to be had) for this website.

2252 days ago
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Heidi    

HEY JOSHUA SMITH!! SHUT THE FU** UP!!! TMZ DOES NOT NEED TO APOLOGIZE!!! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT DON'T GO TO TMZ.COM! GET A FU**ING LIFE!!

2252 days ago
74.

Emboosh    

Ok. I have to be honest. Sixteen isn't so sweet anymore. My Fiance and I rooted her on and absolutely adore her so much!!!!!! I literally jumped off the couch fists pumping in excitement when she won gold. However, this is a gossip site and she is a public figure. I have even heard some call her Gummybear. Are you going to go after them, as well?

2252 days ago
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Denise    

And we wonder where the bullys in our grade/high schools learn their bad bahavior from. From the likes of TMZ and others finding it necessary to build champions and celebrites alike up, and foaming at the mouths to bring them down. Shame. On. You.

2252 days ago
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