There are two stories in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, seperated by, oh, say maybe four pages.
The first talks about a singer I’ve never heard of named Chris Brown and the serious beat-down he allegedly gave his girlfriend, Rhianna. (Another singer I’ve never heard of. I don’t do top 40, I guess.) The gist of the story is that it was a stupid thing for Brown to do because he’s so popular with teenage girls but his career might recover for the same reason.
The second story is about swimmer Michael Phelps. Everyone loved him last summer when he was doing his Olympic thing. Here’s a guy who has put himself through training regimens that would make almost everyone else’s eyes bleed. But Kellogs has dropped him off their endorsement deal. Why? Oh, let me tell you why. There was a picture of him smoking a joint.
Pause and reflect.
One guy (allegedly) beats the lifeblood out of his girlfriend. The speculation is that he may lose some endorsement deals but otherwise we believe that he’s so popular he will get through this after maybe going to rehab or something. Just to reiterate. He is accused of beating a woman.
The other guy puffs a spliff at a party and he’s up for public execution.
What does this say about this society? Either way I’m scared. I know I take a lot of grief from my parents for being a marijuana apologist, but I’ve gotta say. I’m a marijuana apologist because I’m a common sense apologist. Marijuana at a party? Who’s Aquaman hurting?!? His sperm count and a couple brain cells, maybe. But the Tastycake company is rejoicing.
Stoolcoward (Alleged) Woman Beater, on the other hand. He has beaten a woman bloody **(allegedly)** and we’re already itching to give him a pass. He’s cute and we like him. Well, somebody likes him. Teenage girls mostly. Yes….let’s give them that role model back. And along with it let’s continue to propigate the message that it’s okay, honey, if he hits you and kicks you and grinds your face into the linoleum if he didn’t like his dinner. Just as long as he’s really rich and really popular it doesn’t matter.
I don’t use the F word on this blog but if I ever did now would be a time. Because, honestly. I can’t believe we’re saying this as a country.
And before I go let me point out one more thing I’ve pointed out before. I’ve never heard of a stoner beating a woman. I hear about drunks beating women all the damned time. Explain to me again why we’ve allowed the Woman Beater Vice to be legal but not the Lay Around And Eat Junk Food vice.