Burned Out On Outrage

I was looking through threads on a message board that deals in “celebrity tea” when I came across a thread about yet another former child/teen star accusing another actor of sexual abuse. I look inside and of course the responses are frightening similar to those who wanted Hillary Clinton locked up. I can understand questioning the personal history and political decisions of someone, say our current president, but a general celebrity (famous or has-been) doesn’t carry the same weight.

I understand that the point of accusing/outing these people is to expose the power structure that hides and enables sexual assault and abuse in general. The problem is that this problem is not connected to Hollywood or even Washington, it’s everywhere. The people with the most power, to be perfectly honest, are the ones who most assume would have the least amount of power; ordinary people.

Let’s be honest, if someone with no power or clout committed acts of abuse of any kind, there would be no press nor would there be any chants of execution. There would be a TV/newspaper blurb about it and then a few follow-ups, but that’s it. The 24-hour news cycle however doesn’t give two damns if a regular person assaults another regular person. Sure, the most horrific cases get highlighted on shows like Dateline (which are in the thousands), but that’s about it.

Sometimes I believe these serious matters, even matters regarding how we discuss politics now, are a combination of the fact these situations/ideologies are swept under the rug and taken out of regular discussion and because it’s “trendy”. Years ago in the younger part of my life, the idea of sexual abuse by a famous person was tied to one person – Michael Jackson. After his death, The FBI revealed that they found nothing that could use to convict him.

The witch-hunt that occurred in the 90s and ended with his death educated me that not everything is what it seems.

I know it’s unheard of to consider that everything said in the news, or by everyday people, must be seen taken with a grain of salt (aside from the Trump administration’s antics). However, if mere words carry more than facts, then anyone can say anyone about anything, lose everything and have no way of getting it back since the bar has been lowered to what one says about another. Once again, everything isn’t what it seems.

I suspect next year we will still be talking about these matters including Trump’s continuous drive to make this country look stupid and dangerous at the same time. By the time we get sick of that, North Korea’s missiles should be able to reach us.

F-You 2017

For the first half of 2017, we were dealing in America with the “work-in-progress” that is the Trump presidency. For the second half of 2017, we have decided that in addition to Trump’s buffoonery that we were going to take on sexual assault cases. Meanwhile during this second half of 2017, Trump declares that North Korea should be listed as a terrorist nation and that the FCC should give the power back to the corporations that push the Internet through by repealing Net Neutrality.

In this day and age it is more important to be “woke”, but I’m frankly mentally and physically drained from this year and have decided that it’s time to say f*** you to it before January 1st even gets here. I lost both of my parents, dad to colon cancer last year and mom to a heart infection this year, and that alone will make a person look at all the headlines, turn off the TV and wish to god it would all go away. “But you can’t ignore the world!” would the response to this thinking, but consider this:

How did sexual assault cases, Donald Trump’s presidency and the net neutrality all happen at the same time in the same year? Because we decided as a nation that these issues would never come to a head, nor did we measure how big an impact these issues would have on so many people. In essence, my turning the news out and tuning out what’s happening doesn’t feel quite so bad; sometimes things will take their course with or without you.

This would be presumptuous for me to call this early, but I believe this world will be around for 2018 and that all of our stress and panic from this year will all be a memory. In 2018, the themes of Trump’s idiotic decision making, the gross negligence of America’s corporations from tackling sexual assault and harassment cases and the need for corporate America to take back the Internet will become a thing of the past once again as the world will end up feeling Blaise about it and consider it just another everyday thing.

That’s at least how we viewed both eras of the Bushes and the Clinton sex scandal.

My hope is that in 2018, despite what happens around me, that my life gets better and that I feel better about myself regardless of what happens around me.