After a whole nine months of silence, Nikki Finke has unveiled the newest iteration of her career: a website called HollywoodDementia.com, which is accompanied by a comeback manifesto that is shorter but no less bizarre than the one that came before it.
“Welcome to HollywoodDementia.com,” reads the site. “
Friction Fiction presented by Nikki Finke.” Okay.
The website also features a “definition” of “Hollywood Dementia”:
Hollywood Dementia: noun. Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain acquired while working in the entertainment industry that causes someone to be unable to think clearly or to understand what is real and what is not real.
You know, of course, who Finke is aiming at here: the film executives and power players who she used to tantalize and torture and enrage and frighten. But that reality hasn’t really been true for several years now, and it’s hard not to read Finke—whose deceased eponymous website found only a minuscule readership while breaking maybe one important story—writing about “a disorder of the brain acquired while working in the entertainment industry that causes someone to be unable to think clearly” as unintentionally diagnosing herself.
Probably the most—or only—exciting thing to come out of Finke’s newest reboot is her first self-released new photo in at least a half-decade.
A rogue website called NikkiStink.com put out paparazzi-style shots of Finke as some sort of shaming exercise last year, so at least HollywoodDementia dot com has allowed her to achieve one bit of redemption. Whether it offers any others remains to be seen.