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Schadenfreude

So, this week a fairly big celebrity, who happens to go by the initials JB got himself into more legal trouble. It was seemingly another nail in the coffin sealing his reputation as an entitled brat, bad boy, miscreant, or whatever other term may be most appropriate.

Several commentators have stated that JB’s fall was predictable or inevitable. What else could one have expected of a very young man who rose so quickly to fame, wealth and notoriety before he had a driver’s licence or reached the age of voter eligibility? Even the strongest of individuals, from the best and most supportive families would have difficulty with the laser-like focus of fans and media examining each move, each step, from album to merchandise sales and beyond.

There’s no excuse for JB’s behaviour or the behaviour of any other young celebrities who believe they are above the law or who think that their fame or riches make them greater than the rest of us mere mortals, or “civilians” as some celebrities like to call the non-famous. What he did was wrong, reckless, and quite frankly, disgusting and embarrassing to watch.

Although it might not be as egregious, what is also terrible to watch is the glee with which many have reported the latest events. One can see on people’s faces and hear in their voices, a sense of pleasure at JB’s misfortune. Yes, he brought it on himself and he is responsible for how he conducts his life – and unfortunately he’s made some poor choices, some of which could have endangered other people’s lives – but it doesn’t give the rest of us license to enjoy watching someone’s life implode. Is what he did wrong? Yes, absolutely and he should receive the same treatment as anyone in a similar situation. But should I, or anyone else take joy in someone else’s fall or misfortune? For me, the answer is no.

Signing off,

Y.

The World Wide Web: Lean, Mean, Anonymous Machine

3185876967_361107714aCanadian Conservative MP Dean Del Maestro proposed last week that commenters on news articles should be forced to identify themselves. Del Maestro stated in a Facebook post that removing such online anonymity would be the best way “to end on-line and electronic bullying, libel and slander”.

I am, admittedly, of two minds on this issue. I read many different online publications and after reading an article or post, I often go to the comments section to read the opinions of other readers. I’ve never posted any comments myself, perhaps because I’m so turned off by what many post, particularly when the articles or posts pertain to public figures, be they politicians, or celebrities – the latter who seem to get the worst of the vitriol as the public seems to think that because you decide to make a living in a public forum, you deserve to be harshly critiqued for such egregious acts as the hint of a muffin top, cellulite, or a fashion misstep. I often wonder what the people who post such negative comments look like. Are they cellulite free? Do they keep up a strict exercise and diet regime that might make them feel entitled to comment? While I focus on the fact that these anonymous commenters often write from a hateful place, many also seem unable to follow any grammatical rules or proper sentence structure, but I digress.

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