A few more things as they popped in to my head.
Some parents are angered that a Cub Scout camp was sponsored by Hooters. I don’t understand why this is such a big deal. Were the camp counselors young women wearing Hooters wait staff attire? Were activities inappropriate, breast related activities? Or , was it the same as any other Cub Scout camp, just with a sponsor that is a little different from normal? These parents should be grateful that Hooters sponsored the camp. Maybe they were the only ones who stepped up and there would be no camp without them. Is no camp better than a Hooters camp?
I might have written about this before, but I’ve had the conversation a couple of time recently, so here it is again(maybe). A friend mentioned recently that they can’t watch Tom Cruise movies after his “jumping on the couch” appearance on Oprah. Someone mentioned this morning that the older Mel Gibson movies don’t move as frequently after he went nuts. I know people won’t read Orson Scott Card because of his views on homosexuality and gay marriage. Some people want Jesse Williams fired from Grey’s Anatomy because of his speech at the BET Awards. I still watch Tom Cruise movies and enjoy them. He is weird, as was his appearance on Oprah, but it doesn’t change the fact that he is very good at what he does. Mel Gibson is nuts and, yes, Orson Scott Card is a homophobe. It doesn’t change the fact that I think a lot of Gibson’s older movies are very good and that Ender’s Game is a great book. It will probably make me less likely to consume their new work, but it doesn’t retroactively make the old stuff bad. Also, if you don’t like what Jesse Williams said and don’t want to watch him on TV, stop watching the show. I have to say, though, that Williams is one that does not belong in this group. Speaking out against oppression and racism is not a bad thing. It does make perfect sense to not watch or read material by people who’s personal and political values don’t match yours. It makes sense to not want to give money to these people by not consuming their product. I guess for me my feelings on the work depends on when I knew about the person’s views. I watched Lethal Weapon, Braveheart and The Patriot long before I knew Gibson was nuts. I read Ender’s Game long before I knew Card was a homophobe. I loved the movies and the book and that didn’t change after I knew this about them. If I read a newer Card book or watched a newer Gibson movie, I would probably view it differently and it would affect the way I felt about it. I have changed my view on this over the years. I used the be very much a “I don’t care what their personal beliefs are” type of guy, but as I get older that isn’t true anymore. It does make me hesitant to support their work if I know things like this. Just weird or crazy is fine. I’m weird and crazy myself. Hate and bigotry is another story. This paragraph is a rambling mess and likely full of contradictions, so basically a written version of me and my mind.
Kevin Durant signed with Golden State this week. People are angry and saying Durant “took the easy road” by going to a good team. I am disappointed that Durant didn’t even consider coming to Washington. It would be nice to have a good team in DC, but I don’t begrudge his decision. I am the first to admit that I was hard on LeBron James for “The Decision”, but that was more for how he did it, not the decision he made. People forget that the NBA is a business and Durant is an employee. This is just someone making the decision to leave his current company to go to what he considers a better job. Wouldn’t most of us leave for a better job if given the opportunity? Why do we expect different from athletes?