Though it fails me to remember who wrote it, there was an article back in the late 80's when athletes were being crucified for their blatant sexual stupidity by over stepping their bounds for taking chances with women. Sometimes these were women they were dating, other times they were merely fans of the athlete who thought the women would enjoy a roll in the hay with them. All of a sudden people began crucifying these neanderthals for their decisions forgetting that first off they’re athletes - bears of very little brain (but much muscle).
People were incensed and rightly so about how these guys were taking advantage of women with their star status and using it to their advantage. The article’s author, who I believe it was a woman, stated in effect, “we are also to blame for this for putting these athletes up on a pedestal thinking they can do no wrong” and they clearly showed the world they most definitely would if given the chance.
So pray tell WHY do we flip out when actors and musicians are found out to be like these athletes? After all they’re just following in the footsteps of politicians and evangelists who use their power to summon women, enthrall them with silver tongued words, then molest them. It is the same thing just a different profession.
I don’t care if someone graduated from an Ivy League university or from a state sponsored community college, if the opportunity to be a scumbag is there, and he believes he can get away with it, he’s going to do it especially if s/he has some sort of celebrity clout behind them. Sad but true.
As a kid I also recall hearing my aunts talk about how when they go out to clubs, they would get their own drinks refusing to let just anyone get them their drink. When I asked my aunt Diane why, she said, “Because some asshole can put a rufie in it or god forbid something maybe worse!” which she then explained the whole date rape thing to me. I was 9 y/o at the time and this was 1973 so the fear of predators and guys who prey upon women was real even back then.
We even find this Pedestal mentality in the occult/spiritual community. It’s amazing how people react to you when you write a few books thinking great and amazing things just pop out of your head or fly out of your bum. It’s as if these folks forget that all celebrities are first and foremost people regardless of whether they’re musicians, actors, athletes, authors, sculptors and so forth, everyone of them is someone who was born a person. People are jumbled bags of emotions and subject to making poor decisions - just like you! The key is to bear in mind your celebrity is a person even if s/he seems super-human (or supra-human) they still eat, defecate, bleed, urinate and everything else - just like you do!
I’m not suggesting you be rude to celebrities when you meet them as some are, but rather maybe make that pedestal within arm’s reach instead of setting it so high that you can’t reach it any longer. They all started out somewhere and EVEN IF they started off from a home with a silver spoon in their mouth, that doesn’t automatically mean they’re bad from the beginning. There are good people from all walks of life. Remember, there have been many good popes, kings, nobles, rulers, politicians and others who were good leaders who actually cared about their constituents. Even self-absorbed kings cared for their serfs and peasants for without them, they had no country, no tax base and no kingdom over which to rule. Not everyone was a Nero.
And remember to evaluate every “claim” of malfeasance or misconduct rigidly because you do not know whether or not what someone from the woodwork is saying is true or not. Remember not every kid who claimed to have been molested by Michael Jackson was! One or more dropped their case and it had nothing to do with being paid off. Sometimes police find nothing to substantiate a plaintiff’s claim against a celebrity. The other issue is when police are trying to prove such and such happened to X 30+ years ago and there is no evidence other than X's testimony.
Some of you may be quick to jump on such person’s side automatically but I hesitate. Why? Well there are all sorts of people out there who are mentally unstable who see things in their mind that never really happened nor happened the way they claim it did.
Remember a someone once wrote, “There’s 3 kinds of truth: yours, mine and the real truth” and the sad fact is the real truth may be far different from what the plaintiff is claiming. How often do we know we’re hearing the real truth anymore? Even in courts of law? Testimonies can be purchased, people lie, lawyers omit evidence, stretch half-truths, polish lies and innocent people are railroaded sometimes for their entire lives behind bars. YET we’re supposed to automatically believe Ms. X who claims Joe Celebrity did this to her decades ago. Really? Whatever happened to the statute of limitations? Hmmm?
However people are quick to believe hearsay, half-truths, gossip, unsubstantiated rumors, whispers behind hands, scandalous claims, and so on without any evidence proving the assertions whatsoever! Why? Because people WANT to believe everyone else is a crook while they themselves are spotless and never do any wrong. Horse shit. You’ve erred somewhere in your life - you just refuse to recall it because you buried it deep.
The danger here, good pagan folk, is that just a few hundred years past, we had a bunch of school girls who went about claiming a village was full of evil witches and 20 innocent people died as a result of the townsfolk believing their rumors, gossip and hearsay! Oh you’ve forgotten about that? Well I haven’t. That was all based on lies, deceit, hearsay, rumor, gossip and so on. The same swill all of you LOVE to revel in on a daily basis. Remember this well: the finger which points to another and spreads falsity, gossip and rumor which you wholly believe can just as easily turn and point at you!
It may be time to re-evaluate your love of your chosen celebrities and especially anyone you set high on a pedestal before you find out something they may have done in their youth. Because your options are limited to either throwing them away all together or forgive them for their youthful folly and move on. You don’t have much else you can do and a person does need some heroes to enjoy. No one is without faults. If you look hard enough you will find them. But is that what you’re looking to a hero for?