On January 16, Army Sergeant Daniel T. Lee, 28, of Fort Wright, Kentucky, died from wounds he received when enemy forces attacked his unit during combat operations in Afghanistan. He was on his second tour of duty there. Sergeant Lee is survived by his wife Suzy, his six month-old son Daniel Roderick, and his parents. How many of you knew that?
Now, how many of you knew that actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died Sunday of an apparent drug overdose, or that Justin Bieber is running around getting busted for DUI and making an ass of himself like the spoiled Hollywood brat he is? Or what new commercials were introduced at the Super Bowl? What does that tell you about our priorities as a nation?
We are so obsessed with dysfunctional “celebrities”, from clowns like Bieber and Hoffman, to pigs like Miley Cyrus shaking her redneck butt on TV and Honey Boo Boo picking her nose and acting like a poster child for birth control, that we have forgotten that there is a real world out there. A world where real people are living and working and fighting and dying.
We should all be ashamed of ourselves and our nation.
People will tell you that it’s the fault of the networks that broadcast this garbage and “make” these celebrities. That’s nonsense. Television networks are businesses. Their goal is to make the highest possible profit with the least possible investment. We are their customers. Without viewers their advertisers will not sell anything, and in turn will not support those networks.
If you go to a restaurant and the food makes you sick, you won’t go back. If you buy a product and it doesn’t work, you’ll return it and probably won’t buy another. These so called “celebrities” are nothing more than a product. If enough of us turn off the TV or change the channel, pretty soon the networks would get the message. But that will never happen, because too many of us are willing to not only accept what they feed us, but idolize these cretins they turn into royalty. We should be ashamed of that, too.
Tags: actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, Army Sergeant Daniel T. Lee, birth control, drug overdose, DUI arrest, dysfunctional celebrities, Honey Boo Boo, Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Super Bowl commercials, Television networks