Do good things, and you may be remembered for them. Do bad things, and people will never let you forget them.
This seems to be a recurring theme in our society these days, and quite a disturbing trend as well. It seems that people nowadays have a love affair of being miserable, and it’s growing. We seem to have a love affair of all things that are bad news regarding others – if it’s someone famous, then that’s an added bonus. I don’t get it, myself, because I thought we were more enlightened than we used to be, but perhaps that’s a perception I didn’t quite get right when I look out at the world these days.
Want examples? I’ll give you 3 that I can name off the top of my head – O.J. Simpson, Monica Lewinsky, and Bill Cosby. There’s three big ones right there. The first one started it off, I think.
O.J. was tried in a court, found innocent of all criminal charges, but the family went after him in civil court, won, and then the rest just went downhill from there. Of course, it didn’t help his reputation any by being stupid and breaking into an exhibit in order to try and get back “his stuff” that was taken from him back before. Of course, the damage has already been done. His reputation is trashed and he’ll probably never be looked on from the sports days he had before again – he’ll just be known from the trial and the lunacy that followed thereafter.
Monica’s case was quite a bit different – she was found out having hanky-panky with the president at the time, which in any other circle, would have been limited to the people involved in said triangle, but……..this is the president, so of course the news finds out about it and has a field day with it – it’s major news! Who cares about the other world events when we can focus on the latest scandal sheet and just go to town with it! This was an issue that was between Bill, Hillary, and Monica……..and that should have been the end of it – should have, but we know how the media works – whatever gets the big money scoop that week gets the limelight. She has been fighting back to have a normal life afterwards, and has had some measure of success so far. One can only hope that perhaps now we can leave her past behind her, and focus on the future.
The latest casualty in this whole torrid affair with the media was Bill Cosby – a man who has, for many years, been celebrated for his many accomplishments in film and TV, has been a role-model for African-Americans for years, and has been a successful stage comedian, but now people, after over three decades, are coming out of the woodwork to bring his name down into the ground to stomp on it, stating things that he did long ago, which if it was anyone other than a celebrity, would have been told “you should have come forward long ago then”, but of course, with this person being famous, of course, the same rules wouldn’t apply. Will he survive this media circus? Only time will tell, but one can only hope that there will still be some people who remember the guy who brought smiles to many faces over the years.
People love to trash celebrities – it’s a sad fact of life. Is it because they are jealous of their success? Are they really personally involved with some facet of their lives? Who knows………the only thing for sure is that scandals seem to be big business and huge news – to the point where the news channels focus more on societal issues than actual news that is happening all over the world. One wonders why papers like the Enquirer, Examiner, and Weekly World News don’t have news channels of their own now. After all, people like to believe those stories more than what is real.