Screech squawks: An update, with a clarification
As busy as Dustin Diamond's week has been, mine has been busier. So no huge TV updates today, sadly. I have stories to write.
Thankfully, the media machine has taken up the duty of updating us on all things Screech related, so all I have to do is cut and paste the best bits right in here.
But first, allow me to clarify why I referred to "Saved by the Smell" (ew) as "accidental porn," a phrase one responder immediately took issue with. In my opinion, if a person makes a dirty video and it stays in his home under lock and key, it's a dirty video. If he makes one and it leaks out into the public, it's accidental, and it's porn.
However! After reading these highlights, taken off a press release from the Headline News program "Showbiz Tonight," I'm not sure what to call Screech's act other than stupid and disgusting.
Here's what the release said:
-- The sex tape got out because Diamond and some buddies have a "monthly gathering" wherein they exchange such tapes (emphasis mine) which earn points based on "what [we're] able to accomplish" on the tapes: "We do it almost like poker. [The tape] could have been left out in anybody's home, machine, computer."
(What is wrong with these people?!)
-- "The people that are involved in this group [of friends who exchange tapes] are all 'profile people.'" Diamond doesn't believe any of those people leaked the tape, but perhaps a significant other of one of them did.
-- Diamond admits the tape has "caused turmoil on the home front."
-- "We've been doing it for a while, and we didn't think it was a problem. Apparently, it is a problem."
-- Diamond's words for David Hans Schmidt, the man peddling the tape (also known as the "Sultan of Sleaze"): "You're a scumbag." Diamond also says he will fight this "tooth and nail" to fight the distribution of the tape, and that while Schmidt may have won "the little battles, he won't win the war -- nice try, though!"
(We're rootin' for you Screech. Believe that. We don't want that ...thing to be loosed upon the world either.)
-- Diamond denies the rumor that he secretly knew about the tape's release and was hoping it would boost his career. He says the tape was "private" and not meant for anybody else. It was not released with his approval and he does not condone its being out there. Will Diamond eventually cash in on this tape, if offered a distribution deal? "We'll cross that bridge when we come to it."