It’s a case of good news-bad news for embattled, exhibitionist American Idol contestant Antonella Barba. As we went into the weekend, her name was tops on many web search engines–even besting Britney Spears, who made her own share of headlines this past week. The bad news? Anonymous cyberspace detectives have been hard at work analyzing those “sex act” photos that hit the web yesterday– in an effort to prove that it is indeed a less-busty Antonella depicted in what could be Idol-ending poses.
Somebody really hates this poor girl. We at Tabloid Baby were sent links to high-resolution, uncensored copies of the sex shots. “Bookmark these links and download the pix ASAP before they get taken offline or this comment gets deleted. Then spread ‘em further around the Web! Please reproduce them without blurring or an overlaid logo!” Why?
Maybe it’s the same person who sent the shots to IDon’tLikeYouInThatWay.com, which blurred and branded them. Today, that site ran an anonymous promise that real Antonella product is in the pipeline.
That… and the latest Antonella pictures… after the jump…IDLYITW posted this anonymous tip today:
“Hey, don’t mention my name but my boyfriend goes to catholic university with antonella barba and is on the lax team with her ex boyfriend ( who she dumped right when she got to hollywood) and when i saw these pics i called him and asked him if they were real and he said they def were… he saw them in person before and he also saw a naked calender that she made for him as a birthday present… which he said is getting leaked on the internet soon.”
We’re sure the Idol producers are digging the controversy–especially after the show got beaten by Grey’s Anatomy on Thursday night. But will they allow the show to lose its “family” appeal? Or its “American” appeal? There may be few things more American than soft-core porn, but there’s another thread of anger out there– veterans, angry she “desecrated” the National World War II Memorial in the DC mall by posing for pictures (here, NSFW) in the fountain. (Hey, WWII vets invented the pin-up. They should consider it an honor).
Stay tuned. This story’s on a fast-moving cycle that’s bound to come to an end soon. And it’s bigger than Antonella Barba. A few weeks ago she was an anonymous college girl growing up in an age of cell phone videos, MySpace, Maxim, The Real World, Sex & The City and Fox Television. Now she’s paying for the culture we all support. So does she deserve a break?
Hey, don’t ask us! We’re tabloid! See the latest Antonella Barba pictures here. Once again, they’re NSFW.