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Friday, April 27, 2007

Not my moral compass

While it isn't as though he's having to go to drug rehab, Alec Baldwin did cross a line in his voicemail to his daughter. Trust me, I know about getting frustrated and losing your temper, saying things that you later regret, but even in moments of stress, there are still things you should never say to your child.

On the other hand, while I think Mr. Baldwin said some despicable things to his daughter, I am a bit confused by the media flurry surrounding this incident. Other Hollywood celebrities have committed acts that were far worse than Mr. Baldwin's but received much less attention. Why is this incident, part of an ongoing, (supposed to be) sealed divorce/custody situation, being rehashed with nauseating frequency?

The media's treatment of this situation has only served to increase my disdain for their idea of what is newsworthy. It hurts me to see our culture shaped and defined by the ever-more-liberal ideology pushed by our media. There are no longer any moral absolutes. Instead, wrong is often lauded, and right is often mocked and scorned. (I'm generalizing here, not referring to Mr. Baldwin's specific incident.) If someone is a darling of the media, their mistakes and sins are glossed over or ignored; conversely, transgressions committed by those whom the media dislike are magnified and gleefully paraded for all to see.

Aren't you thankful for a God Who is righteous and holy, One Who never plays favorites? Hollywood celebrities, the media, this world: none of those are the ruler by which I measure right and wrong. My moral compass points ever northward to God and His immutable standard as set forth in His Word.


Karen is Thrifty said...

Great post, Revka!

Revka said...

Thanks, Karen. This has really been bothering me.

Ed Reif said...

The Alec Baldwin Spin Control-He Said. She Did.

Why be a good celebrity parent? There's nothing more boring than setting a good example--Alec's heated tirade voice mail, calling out his 11 year-old daughter, is called parenting. No Anger Management here. No rehab. No check up from the neck up. But no Father's Day card either. He regreted saying all of that . Is this enough to make him finally make good on his promise to leave the country? It should be, given that spending quality time with your children, if you are a divorced father in America , amounts to being a throwaway dad, where the mother often holds her kids for ransom. More than that, when an angry wife makes an accusation, it is assumed true, regardless of how outrageous and the Father's rights are taken away until he can prove himself innocent.