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By: Lisa Holderman

In: Stardom and Celebrity: A Reader

Chapter 24: ‘Ozzy Worked for Those Bleeping Doors with the Crosses on Them’: The Osbournes as Social Class Narrative1

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‘Ozzy Worked for Those Bleeping Doors with the Crosses on Them’: The Osbournes as Social Class Narrative1
‘Ozzy worked for those bleeping doors with the crosses on them’: The osbournes as social class narrative
LisaHolderman
Introduction

In the winter of 2002, The Osbournes debuted on MTV, achieving the highest first episode audience ratings in the history of the network. Following the day-to-day lives of rock star Ozzy Osbourne and his family (wife Sharon, daughter Kelly, and son Jack), The Osbournes received a tremendous amount of media attention because of the warts-and-all approach to the subject matter. Touted as a reality sit-com, The Osbournes has been called ‘Rock-‘n’-roll fantasy meets take-out-the-trash reality’ (Poniewozik 2002: 64) and ‘funnier than the Simpsons… freakier than the Munsters… scarier than the Bushes’ (Hedegaard ...

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