Show of hands: Have you ever pulled a Pam Beasley? You know what I'm talking about: that episode of The Office when the receptionist, Pam, gets a virus on her computer because curiosity got the best of her and she tried to not only open and watch a celebrity sex tape online but also buy it. Yeah, that one. If you don't have your hand raised, be real. We've all done it. When it comes to celebrity sex tapes, there are a few that everybody knows about.
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I've watched a lot of celebrity sex tapes. Dozens of them. Rarely are they titillating—but more interesting is how much they do or don't offer a glimpse into the private lives of those involved. They leave you wondering: Are they being themselves? Are they acting? Are they acting well? Why did they choose the kitchen? When you're filming your sexual activities, self-presentation is paramount. After watching a few of these, you can easily spot the frauds, whose construction is manipulated down to the last frame see: Kim Kardashian, who now has the best-selling sex tape of all time.
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A celebrity sex tape is typically an amateur pornographic video recording involving one or more famous people which has, intentionally or unintentionally, been made available publicly. Such videos have often been released without the consent of their subjects and have damaged celebrities' careers. In , for example, a sex tape caused significant damage to Rob Lowe 's career. The surfacing of sex tapes has become so common that some are "leaked" as a marketing tool to advance or establish a media career.
As we celebrate Valentine's Day, let's take a look back at some of the biggest celebrity sex scandals from the tape that kick-started the Kardashians' career to Katie Price's ultimate betrayal. Once upon a time, we had not heard of the Kardashians - and now they run a billion dollar empire with one of the longest running reality TV shows of all time and more merchandise and businesses than you could count. But it all started in , when Kim Kardashian catapulted into fame when she was embroiled in a sex scandal after a tape of her getting intimate with singer Ray J was released without her permission.