HOW THE POPULAR HAVE FALLEN

   There have always been many who’ve thought always that their favorite personalities could do no wrong – that they saw them as perfect and infalliable, much like the gods of past history.  But that conception has never been perfect for several reasons – including the hard fact that nobody’s perfect, including those celebrities whom we’ve long idolized, and which some still refuse to acknowledge.

   I’ve always been a fan of Bill Cosby and his tremendous talent – I even own most of his comedy albums that he recorded throughout much of his career.  However, after what’s happened to Cosby in the past few years, and its end result, which he learned yesterday – a three-to-ten-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a woman – it’s more than likely that Cosby will be remembered for his bad behavior that does nobody any good than for his career accomplishments, which is both sad and ironic.  Or the world might totally forget him and consign him to permanent oblivion – which would be even more tragic.  It’s happened before with other celebrities who’ve gotten intro trouble – and sadly, it’ll probably happen again.

   It’s true that absuing women is totally wrong – that fact was important then, as it is now in the #MeToo era.  It’s difficult to enter both the heart and mind of a celebrity like Bill Cosby, and try to find one or more clues to the personal demons which dictated his actions, yet hid them from the outside world.  Yet, as those who are more sensible and realistic have long known, the celebrities that many have loved and worshipped aren’t 100% perfect – and sooner or later, we end up learning than we’re no better than our favorite celebrities, as far as character flaws are concerned.

   In the past few years, I haven’t listened to any of Bill Cosby’s comedy albums – but not because of what he’s had to endure.  I don’t know if I’ll listen to them again any time soon – just like I don’t know how the future’ll judge Cosby fifty to a hundred years from now.  I can only hope that Cosby thinks long and hard about his actions during his prison sentence – and how it’ll shape the eventual legacy that he’ll leave behind, far different from the legacy connected to his show business career.  And perhaps someday, all of us will realize that those we idolize are just like the rest of us – human beings who know and accept the fact that they’re not perfect.

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About johnlav

I've written five published novels -- including the first two in the CHAMELEONS, INC. book series -- as well as various non-fiction articles and short stories that have been published in both print and on the Internet.
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