Suri’s Burn Book, the satirical blog written by Allie Hagan, has been chronicling the lives of celebrity spawn from the perspective of Suri Cruise since July, 2011. As imagined by Hagan, young Suri is a snobby, snarky fashionista who regularly dishes out condescending critiques of the style choices of her paparazzi-plagued peers, from Violet Affleck to Cruz Beckham.
The blog has generated a lot of attention, as well as a book deal for Hagan, who works full-time as a D.C. policy consultant. “Suri’s Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary from Hollywood’s Little Sweetheart” is due out Sept. 4.
In a new interview that runs in this Sunday’s Washington Post Style section — Hagan’s first with a major media outlet — she contends that her blog isn’t invading anyone’s privacy or talking geniune smack about kids.
“The way I make sense of it is that their parents are putting them out there,” she says. “I don’t think it’s any more creepy that we know them than that their parents make them known.”
According to Hagan, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, parents of the real Suri Cruise, are unaware that the blog even exists. In fact, she’s never heard from any celebrities whose images are featured on it.
But even if some celebs aren’t concerned about the Burn Book, others think it crosses a line.
Dr. Stuart Fischoff, senior editor of the Journal of Media Psychology, thinks that the site is “funny” but that “there is a dark side” to it. He doesn’t buy Hagan’s defense — namely, that famous people who want privacy are powerful enough to seek it out if they choose.
“The only reason she’s justifying it is that she knows there’s something wrong with it,” he says in the profile of Hagan, adding that we, as a society, are heading down a slippery celebrity-stalker slope.
What do you think? Are the children of celebrities fair game for mass-market satire, or have we — and Hagan — crossed a line by turning toddlers into targets? Post a comment to share your thoughts.