Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Someone Please Explain...

I may be an author, but I'm also an avid reader, and listener.  I don't always have time to sit and watch the news, but when I do, I find myself appalled at how we as a nation react to celebrities.  I shared a Facebook Post on my page day before yesterday that questioned why we give more attention to Charlie Sheen, a proven drug addict, Hugh Hefner wanna-be, and certainly a most high-paid idiot over the dedicated military men and women who die on our behalf every day. The post listed six YOUNG men who recently lost their lives in a ridiculous war against terrorism.  The middle-east is a hotbed of Al-Quaida supporters, and we're waging a battle against something we'll never win.  Religious wars have been around since biblical times.

Charlie Sheen earns eight million dollars per episode, and he has the audacity to be suing the network to collect money on the eight episodes they canceled.  Our military men and woman earn PEANUTS compared to the half hour sitcom in which Sheen stars, and their deaths don't even warrant mention on the nightly news.

Now, the newscasts are bombarding us with concerns that there will be no NFL season coming up because of a impending strike.  Rather than worry about ending the about worrying about ending the war and stopping the senseless slaughter of our military personnel?

Athletes argue that they are paid big money because the length of their contracts is limited by the longevity of their abilities.  I pretty much think those in the military have a much less predicted longevity but we don't seem to remember to credit their achievements and sacrifices in the media.  Do we only care about the rich and famous?  If so, why?  I imagine if we had sacrificed a son or daughter to the war, we might view things a whole lot differently.  Aren't these all our sons and daughters????

1 comment:

Viviane Brentanos said...

Agreed. This preoccupation with celebs is appalling. As for the sportsman - don't get me started. The amount of money soccer players receive is nothing short of criminal. At least tennis players work hard for their money - and behave themselves off court.

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