The latest scandal involving Prince Harry’s naked photos has sparked a wildfire with much more fecundity than that of the wildfires out in the western part of America. Although it comes as no surprise that this has stirred up controversy, seeing that anything done by anyone of any status is reported by any news channel, newspaper, and magazine willing to stoop so low as to spread meaningless gossip, I can’t help but find the whole thing overplayed and quite frankly repulsive. It’s not the photos I find repulsive, but the amount of news coverage dedicated to such a benign matter. There are more important things to report, yet this seems to be front page material.
Now don’t paint me as some person who thinks that it’s wrong that celebrities have to succumb to the media as if they are a piece of meat provided for a school of sharks. No, that’s the price to pay for stepping into the spotlight, allowing all of America to read about your antics and charades, even if you aren’t looking at a camera or the prick behind the lens. But dammit, are our lives so bankrupt that we are only satisfied when some controversy stirs the press? TMZ thrives on these sad souls who do nothing more than spread gossip to every corner of the room. I remember, when I used to work at CVS, this lady approaching me as soon as she entered the store. I thought she was going to buy cigarettes, as was the case with almost every customer who shot straight for the counter as soon as they entered the store, but instead she picked up all those celebrity magazines you usually see littered in the front of convenience stores. “I guess you know what I’ll be doing tonight,” she said to me with a naïve smile. She should’ve just bought a pack of cigarettes; better to endure decaying lungs opposed to a decaying brain.
The fact remains that Prince Harry was not only in Las Vegas, but that he was also in his hotel room when the photos were captured of him walking about in the nude. And nudity? You know, for a country that thrives on selling sex, we are pretty prude when it comes to nudity of any sort.
“But he’s royalty, he should act in a more dignified manner.”
“He should have thought twice before getting naked for the whole world to see.”
“A person in the spotlight has the bona fide responsibility of being a good role model for the children of today, the grownups of tomorrow.”
All rubbish, especially considering the fact that celebrities who have done far worse than this continue to stride in the spotlight untainted. I guess the easiest target would be someone along the lines of Chris Brown, but I won’t get started on that waste of space. And look at it this way, should someone who is in the spotlight be deprived of the folly of humanity simply because the paparazzi follow them everywhere? Give a celebrity’s net worth to any of these harrowing individuals who follow their every move, I’m sure they will make better decisions than the celebrities themselves.
I shouldn’t even have to be writing this all down, but unfortunately I am because it’s about time that the people who find this gossip completely superfluous speak up. So the next time someone tries to share some trifle surrounding a celebrity with you, just genuinely look them in the eyes and tell them that you could care more for the stains on your underwear than the crap coming out of their mouth.