It’s been a strange week news wise, at least from my perspective. We had the death of Phillip Seymour Hoffman due to drug overdose and we had the open letter from Dylan Farrow to Woody Allen regarding his sexual abuse of her when she was a child. These are two very different stories and yet both very tragic at the same time.
However, it bothers me all the media attention and events and play that these two stories are getting. Why all the hype?
If Joe Blow, down the street ODs on heroin, he doesn’t even warrant a story in the local paper. He leaves behind a family and friends just as much as anyone else, but we don’t care in general. We don’t even think about it. He’s just another junkie off the street. But we get an actor, someone famous, and we get a police investigation into where the drugs came from. We get action, we get arrests (four is the current count). Why does it have to be someone famous to get action on this war again drugs? Why? I don’t care who or what PSH was. He was an addict that finally succumbed to his addiction. It’s not news. It happens every single day in this county and all over the world. I’m sad for those he left behind, but then again I am sad for every single person that has to deal with this or live through it. They don’t have to be famous for me to care.
Then we have Dylan Farrow’s letter. There is “PROOF” and “FACTS” both for and against this allegation all over the place: internet news, radio, tv, etc. The reality is that no one knows what’s true or isn’t, but for Miss Dylan herself and Woody Allen. The shear fact that so many are talking about her lies and her bitchery and how she is just a jealous vengeful woman is shameful. How can we do that to a girl that is obviously screaming for help? But then again, who knows why she waited until now. Maybe its because no one listened to her before and its eaten away at her. Maybe…maybe. This is not a case for the media to decide. It’s a case for the proper authorities to decide. Are they still able too? I don’t know what the statute of limitations on something like that is. Maybe an open letter is not the way to go. To me, it sounds like a desperate plea for someone to hear her. But again I get stuck on the why do we all care so much about this one event? If she weren’t famous would we even give it a second thought? Some of us would. Most of the others, wouldn’t.
Maybe we as a nation need to care about people. All people. Not just the famous ones. It might make this world a better place. Maybe.