Okay, I have to vent this morning cause I'm disgusted! I heard it FIVE TIMES just in the hour it takes me to get ready and leave for work. "Britney Spears is in the news again blah, blah, blah." By the fifth time, I swear my head was ready to pop off and my heart was hurting. I prayed for her on the way to work this morning. What is going on with us, with our society? Why do we think we have the right to needle and poke and prod and expose people like we do? When did that become okay? Personally, I think it's enough. No, it's too much! I decided a few years back that I don't want to know anymore about anybody that I don't know personally. I'm tired and I'm done.
A couple years ago, friend of mine used to send me an email every week with the latest 'celebrity gossip.' Until one day something in me wouldn't let me read it. I deleted it and asked her not to send it to me anymore. I couldn't do it anymore. I felt like I was helping to violate another person, and that's not who I am or what I want to be a part of. So I stopped. It's my own private revolution if you will. I stopped buying certain magazines, and I even stopped watching celeb gossip shows or certain segments of them. Now, some may see this as extreme and maybe it is, but that's how I roll. I know myself enough to know that when I cut something off, I have to cut it all off. We all have to do what's right for us.
People are always saying that they chose the fame and they just have to deal with what comes with it. I disagree. What they chose was to share their gifts and their talents with us – that's all. Their personal lives are just that, personal. I may be way off base, but I think there is something inherently wrong about getting ratings and getting paid behind another human being's tragic circumstances. A perfect example is the new celebrity rehab show… Are you kidding me?! That is the most intensely personal journey that someone can go through and it's hard enough without having to do it publicly. Ok, yes, they agreed to participate, and yes they are being paid and getting exposure, but who even made it an option for them in the first place? Does anyone else see how twisted that is? Please correct me if I'm wrong. I mean is it ME who's crazy? I've been called that (and worse) before, so I can take it!
Part of my prayer for Brittney was that all this media attention on her every move won't drive her to do something to herself. I can't imagine having everything I said and did subject to public scrutiny, analyzed and judged to death. Have all her choices been right? Has she been perfect? No, but who has? Bottom line is she is just a fellow human being trying to find her way. How many of us could survive doing that in the spotlight? Shoot, I'da been in the news everyday of my college career and some days beyond if that was the case! When we remember that we're all members of the same human family regardless of what we do for a living, we are less likely to treat one another so badly.
Now I know this blog won't change the world and the way things are done (would that it were that easy!), but if one person reads this and stops to think next time before they buy that magazine or get into a discussion about someone else's life, then my work here is done. I think Paul said it best "Summing it all up, friends, I'd say you'll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. " (Philippians 4:8 - The Message Bible) Have a beautiful Thursday!
P.S. – And for all the smarty pants (y'all know who you are!) who are wondering why I didn't turn the news off this morning – I was trying to catch the weather and kept missing it thankyouverymuch! :o)