As a person that chases laughs like a mouse does cheese, I have been known to “step in it,” from time to time. Luckily, I’ve been able to avoid major fisticuffs for my dumb sayings. I believe this is due to the fact that I obviously don’t mean any harm by the ridiculous things I say. Well that, and because I’m a mountain of a man probably doesn’t hurt. These slips of the tongue are not unique to me by any means. There are tons of people made famous by saying silly things. Yogi Berra anyone? Oh that may be a little “mature” for some of my blog crowd. How about, Justin Bieber saying things like, “I’m not going for the Sixteenth Chapel.” Or, Christ Brown saying, “Can I get your number? I promise I won’t beat you.” YIKES! Nice going dumb dumbs!
As humans we are very capable of complete stupidity. Sometimes these flubs don’t have to be earth shattering. Sometimes it’s just the awkward way we interact with one another. Like when someone you ask, “how your day is going?” And the answer is anything other than “good.” I mean what do you do with that? You don’t know what to say. We are trained to keep it simple and as impersonal as possible. Ugh…Why didn’t they just say, “Hi there!?!”
But the real reason this post was sparked was the monumentally stupid thing author, John Grisham said in the UK this week. I’m a dope and I know not to go anywhere near defending child porn offenders. If you read the context and his actual argument, you can see where he was attempting to go. I mean the guy is brilliant, but holy mother of god, did he screw up. The reaction as noted in a CNN article shows how bad thing have already gotten. Kendra Benefield Lausman wrote the following on Grisham’s Facebook page, “The day that you came out in an interview and said that watchers of child porn get too stiff of a penalty for it (you said 10 years was too much) makes you someone that I cannot support nor no longer want to read.” Uh Oh! Even more dramatic, another person posted that she took all her Grisham books to a “burn barrel” to set them ablaze.
This kind of public reaction is what makes a bad quote grow into a full scale, Youtube, Facebook, and Twitter war. The Internet loves a good show, especially when it comes at the expense at someone with means. The most skilled online assassins just lay in wait for such an occasion. While Grisham has apologized, I believe this story is just getting going. Heaven forbid if there is anything hidden on ANY of John Grisham’s online accounts. Because as recent history shows, celebrities don’t get to have online secrets anymore. All it takes is a little inspiration and boom – game over!
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