Charles Barkley famously said, “I’m not paid to be a role model. I’m paid to wreak havoc on the basketball court.”
But in our celebrity crazed culture too many people feel just the opposite. In fact they go one better. They excuse all kinds of bad behavior because of a particular skill: Sports, internet stars, money magnets, entertainers, you name it. In an odd way it’s completely understandable. Humans like to associate, if only virtually, with these folks. It offers a sense of community with others who feel the way they do about a particular person. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery and hundreds of millions of dollars are made every year by companies that exploit that desire. Sometimes the skill is so fantastic, so once in our lifetime, o impossible for us to even dream about we deliberately excuse them from things we would expect regular people to be arrested for. Think about that.
Floyd Mayweather beat Manny Pacquiao in a television fight that netted him $100 million. At least Pacquiao knew there was going to be a fight and had time to defend himself. Not so lucky were Mayweather’s past girlfriends. He’s just the latest. There’s also Chris Brown, Shia LaBeouf, Paris Hilton, and Jenelle Evans among a long list of people with big money and fame who can’t keep their hands to themselves.
Here’s the thing. The victims are someone’s son, daughter, mother, sister, brother, father. How would you react to a beat down if they belonged to you?