Thursday, February 3, 2011

Are We Bullies Too?


I just saw Jennifer Anniston on "The Ellen Degeneres Show" today. On the show she talked about her chance encounter with Perez Hilton who has developed a reputation as one of the nastiest celebrity bloggers...

"I ran into Perez Hilton in a garage. One of those moments you just never expect to happen. I had finished dinner with a girlfriend and we were driving out and I saw this tall, long, lean person and I say, "Who is that?" And she says, "I think that's Perez Hilton." I said, "No. I have to say something to him. I have to." So I pulled up and we were sort of scoping each other out as I was pulling the car up. I just rolled down the window and I was like, "Hi." And he went, "Hi." We stood there like two deer in headlights. And I just said, "Come here. Just talk to me for a second." It was one of those great moments. It was a lovely meeting and I was just like, "Why are you so mean?"

This got me to thinking... If we say nasty things about celebrities/policiticans like Oprah, Mel Gibson, Lindsey Lohan or Sarah Palin are we being bullies too? We can report facts and stories with our opinions on these people but shouldn't it end there? If we take it too far with name calling and pot shots, we are no better than anti gay bullies who taunt and make fun of us. Anniston said  "even if it's for humor or effect or whatever, there's a human being behind all of that". I agree and I take a pledge beginning today that I will not bully anyone anymore. It's something to think about.

Bob Out

4 comments:

David Allen Waters said...

wow...you give us much to consider....great post my friend:)

Marc said...

I just wish Ms. Aniston would stop wasting her talent by making so many bad movies. And that's not bullying - that's just the honest truth.

R.J. said...

Perez Hilton is the worst kind of bully. He does it for money like a whore. He may not be doing it now but I don't buy it. At some point, he'll revert to his true self.

To be a bully, you have to provoke the action. I don't talk trash about anyone unless they do something to earn it. Sarah Palin, Bill O'Reilly, NOM, etc., have all earned their fair share of abuse through their actions.

Where I come from, standing up to bigots like them isn't bullying. It's called defending yourself.

Bob said...

I don't think it's bullying to call someone like Gibson or Lohan out for their bad behavior.
What Perez does on his site is nasty and done, for the most part, because of his own insecurities about celebrity.
And I pick on Oprah because I think she's shallow, and obsessed with herself.
But that's just my opinion!