Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Goodbye Robin Williams

Man goes to doctor. Says he's depressed. Says life seems harsh and cruel. Says he feels all alone in a threatening world where what lies ahead is vague and uncertain. Doctor says "Treatment is simple. Great clown Pagliacci is in town tonight. Go and see him. That should pick you up." Man bursts into tears. Says "But Doctor... I am Pagliacci."

I'm not sure about the source of that joke but I think its quite relevant with the recent passing of comedian Robin Williams.

As I'm sure you have already read elsewhere Williams apparently committed suicide yesterday.


At first glance it feels to sudden and tragic. Some people may even think, "How or why would one of the funniest men to ever walk the face of the planet kill himself?"

Its probably because for a lot of people who are depressed, they choose something and put their all into it to the point that they are able to achieve levels of greatness and become legends in their art. Robin's art just happen to be comedy.

Throughout his life Williams battled addictions to alcohol and drugs and was in rehab several times. To me that sounds like he was reaching a point where the his art was no longer enough on its own. But it seems something, I'm not sure what, but something brought him back from that edge. And this time there was nothing there to bring him back.

I just hope that whatever he was looking for he found it.

He gave us so much drama, comedy, and good acting that it would take too long to list everything he did (although my favorites are Aladdin and Dead Poets Society) so I'll just say goodbye.

(I hope there is no need to say this but I won't take kindly to saying that he was a coward or selfish for killing himself in the comments.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Whoopi Goldberg: Women don't deserve a free pass to hit men

I know I've been quiet for a while but I had to chime in on this a bit.

Frankly I agree with her.

When this all went down a few weeks ago the usual tanks were circled and this was turned into another case of "man abuses woman" when it looks like it was a case of "woman abuses man, man went too far in response".

And yes folks those are two different things.

If you think they are different then let me ask this.

Why is hardly anyone besides Whoopi even talking about the fact that she said she hit him first?

Sure you can try to pull that "it doesn't matter who hit who" but if you do then be ready to explain who if it doesn't matter who hit who why the overwhelming response has been on Rice and how small of a league punishment he got?

Where are the calls for that COUPLE to go to counseling and work on why the tension got to the point where physical violence even came up.

Where are the well wishings that Ray Rice learn that violence is not the answer (instead of "Ray Rice shouldn't hit women")?

Yes Rice was wrong and I think he should have been benched for the whole season for his part in it. But don't go acting like this is all on him.