Jade Goody Is A Celebrity Why?

February 23, 2009

I get that she was on the Big Brother show in England and that she was a bit of a media sensation for her comments. But other than this unimportant frivolity, why should I care about her?

Oh, she is dying of cancer. I get it. So all of the money she is collecting for her son is done so in a noble manner. I read that the photos for her wedding alone were worth $1.5 million. Do you think that will be enough to get her son into college?

Maybe it is because she is bringing awareness to cervical cancer. While this is no doubt a good cause, the manufacturers of Gardasil are already spending millions and millions of dollars to drive this message home. Of course, like Goody, I am sure they are doing it out of the kindness of their hearts.

In the meantime while all of this celebrity worshipping is going on, 12 women in the United Sates will die from cervical cancer TODAY. Will you be sending their families money? Will the media be tracking their every last moment? Will they all get to be pseudo celebrities? No…they will die in relative anonymity.

So what is my problem with Jade? Actually, I don’t have a problem with her specifically. In fact, before today, I had never heard of her. Do I begrudge squeezing blood money out of her situation? Not at all. No, my beef is with the media and lemmings that hero worship someone that, before her disease, seemed quite disposable.

Why does having a deadly disease suddenly make any person better? Because they are facing death and realize what a douche bag they have been all of their lives? This is somehow noble? I think not. While it is tragic when a person is diagnosed with a life threatening disease, it happens all around us everyday. Any of you headed to a hospital or elderly care home to shed a tear with those people? Didn’t think so.

So please, spare me the last minute theatrics and martyrdom of these people. When my nephew died as a child form CF, he didn’t get money for it, a parade, or even a TV show. He and his family suffered in quiet dignity until the bitter end.

My point is that this is happening everyday all around you! If it matters to you, do something about it! Not after you are afflicted and have “skin in the game” but before you are ever pushed into that corner. Think about all of the people with incredible personal and financial burdens that also are dying from cervical cancer. Do you think Jade’s story makes them feel better? Or do you think they are hurt by the hypocrisy and randomness of kindness and generosity.

Stop worrying about people that you will never know and look around you. You are surrounded by people looking for your nurturing, care, and love. Make a difference today.


P.S. This is a case of do as I say, not as I do. I have failed too many people in my life to be considered any kind of measuring stick. Call that an excuse if you will but if everyone was like me, on most days, this would be a brutal and ugly world to live in. Try to aim a little higher.

I Can’t Stand Republicans And Democrats

February 23, 2009

And the same probably goes for Whigs and Tories and whatever other stupid political parties exist out there. Do you want to know why? Too bad, I am going to tell you anyway.

I can’t stand them because they hold their political interests higher than the human interests of their fellow man. Regardless of the pain inflicted, republicans and democrats take joy in the suffering of the other side. This, apparently, soothes their egos and makes them feel better about themselves.

For instance, when the war in Iraq dragged on, many democrats actually wanted the war to fail. In war, failing means the death of young men and women. What a disgusting attitude to have. I am by no means a supporter of this war, or any war, but once we were in, I hoped for the greatest success we could possibly have. To want any different outcome is inexcusable.

The republicans are just as bad. They are praying to God that the various bailouts fail miserably. Why in the world would you want that to happen to your fellow man? Wouldn’t you hope that it went miraculously well? You can always go back to fighting about stem cell research and abortion.

True to form, republican governors have spent the last week carping about how terrible the stimulus package is. In fact, some have gone as far as to say they won’t accept the stimulus money for their state. Here’s a newsflash…any governor that refuses to accept aid for his or her state needs to be immediately impeached. You were chosen to represent the people, not yourself. They want the money; believe it.

Christ, these guys are like a homeless dude that you try to give a Big Mac. “Sorry dude, I only eat healthy food. Can you get me a nice salad?” How about I ram this Big Mac up your pompous, stupid a**, homeless dude. Are you feeling me now?

The democrats love to keep blaming Dubya for all of the economic ills of our times. Only the dumbest of the dumb believe it is as simple as that. We can trace back many of these problems as long ago as the Carter administration. There is plenty of blame to go around. The point is, even though I personally hate the stimulus and bailout plans, I hope like hell that they work and work fast.

I also still hope that Iraq gets its stuff together and becomes the democracy that republicans claimed they could be. I would take that in a minute. I hope that the actions of the Bush administration helped stave off terrorist activity. I doubt it did but I hope I am wrong. I would rather be wrong than to see more innocent people killed.

So my dear republican and democratic friends…please shut your pie holes. Act like the worlds problems our yours; because they are. Whether Boehner or Barry come up with a plan, pray like crazy that it works. Be a good human for once in your ridiculous lives.