Is it just me or were there some really crazy stories in the news this week? As I heard each one I thought, I should blog about that. But then I decided that I didn't really have all that much to say. Then there was another crazy story and again I thought the same thing. By the time the third story hit the news I decided I just can't keep quiet any longer. So in the spirit of TV Quick Quips here is my quick take on crazy news stories - In the News.
1. The first story to make me shake my head and wonder if the whole world had gone nuts was the story of 6 year old, Zachary Christie, the little boy who was facing 45 days in juvenile detention for taking a camping utensil to school! Now don't get me wrong, I get that there are problems in schools with weapons and violence. And I understand there needs to be strong rules against this type of thing. And at first glance, zero tolerance policies seem like a great, strong, no nonsense approach to dealing with this serious problem. But when we begin to apply rules without using common sense then we are in danger of losing our humanity. I'm not sure what the answer is, but putting 6 year olds (or threatening to put 6 year olds) in juvenile detention for 45 days crosses a line I'm not sure we want to cross. Seems more than a little nutty to me.
2. Did you all see the picture of model Filippa Hamilton in the Ralph Lauren ad? Who the heck decided that that photo looked good? Photo shopping, retouching, air brushing, digital manipulation, etc is a real problem in advertising, as we all know. But when the photos are altered so much that the model is distorted so the extent that she no longer even looks human, I think we've gone too far. It's bad enough that women and girls are trying to look like 5' 10", 120 lbs models who are NOT "retouched". Then advertisers retouch them to look even more "perfect" and flawless - presenting an even more unattainable image of beauty. But when photographs are altered into a human form that is so distorted as to be deformed, I think it's time to call them on this insanity and demand that they stop altering photos at all. Enough is enough. I was glad to see Miss Hamilton on The Today Show saying she was dismayed by the photo and the unhealthy image it portrayed. Oh and did you also hear her say that she was fired from Ralph Lauren for being too fat! That's right ladies, being 120 lbs and 5' 10" tall is too fat! No wonder we all hate our bodies. Maybe it's time to do something about it. A magazine editor who appeared with Filippa on The Today Show said something that really hit home. She said that women need to start putting their money where their mouths are. We all say we don't like the pressure these images/models put on us, yet magazine sales seem to indicate otherwise. According to this editor, when magazines feature "real" photos of people or unaltered photos of celebrities, magazine sales drop. Shame on us! We all need to put our money where our mouths are.
3. Does anyone else think that the flying jiffy pop pan in Denver was a hoax or publicity stunt? Hmm.. Let's review the evidence. This family has previously appeared on the reality show Wife Swap. That's a dead giveaway right there that they are publicity hounds. The story is that Falcon hid in the attic for 5 hours because his dad yelled at him. Yeah right? Do any of you have children? What child can hide for 5 hours? 5 hours in kid life is about 6 months. But wait, there's more. On Larry King Live (I think) Falcon says something to the effect that it was "all a show". His dad says you can't always believe everything a 6 year old says. I beg to differ. 6 year olds don't have filters and tend to be brutally honest. Then this morning the family was on The Today Show where Falcon very conveniently became sick and vomited on camera. What's up with that? Oh and mom just happened to have a large Tupperware container available for Falcon to throw up into. Really? If the parents knew the kid was sick they never should have agreed to let him be on TV. If this was a surprise attack of the vomits, I'm a little skeptical. Seems like a diversionary tactic to me. And lastly, "methinks the gentleman doth protests too much". When asked by Meredith Vieira if this was a hoax or stunt, he got all indignant and angry. That's a big red flag right there.
OK, I know there were lots more crazy stories in the news this week. Which ones have you shaking your head and wondering what the heck the world is coming to? I'd love to hear from you.
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