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Why Does This Bother Me?

It’s NY Post by way of Defamer, so we are starting with a pleasure in gossip, but…
Why does it make me very, very uncomfortable when major newspapers find themselves in the business of streaming public figures’ private phone conversations for nothing but their own amusement and the amusement of their audiences?
I am not shocked by anything on these tapes. But is it really a fair moral choice – forget about journalistic choices – to embarrass any of these people because the opportunity to do so, over an 11 year old movie?
I admit it… I am as curious as anyone to see Marilyn Monroe fellate a Kennedy on grainy Super 8, but I think I would be disgusted if a major paper got a copy of the film (if it really exists) and ran the frame-by frame like Zapruder.
Even the Alec Baldwin thing with his daughter

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9 Responses to “Why Does This Bother Me?”

  1. LexG says:

    “…anymore than I need to know what body part Lindsay Lohan is resting her tongue on. ”
    Also, “any more” should be two words there.

  2. Well, the real point on this particular case is, “Who gives a shit?” It’s not even revelatory of…anything. But I get, and side with, your point.

  3. mysteryperfecta says:

    I agree with DP’s point as well. In this age, any public person who has any notion of privacy has to be obsessively withdrawn or reticent. Forget about letting your guard down. Almost everyone has a phone with camera/video capabilities these days. Any idle chitchat might end up on a blog. Its unfortunate.

  4. Paul Newman has died. Let us celebrate him and his brilliant career (and if anybody like Chucky or Lex says we shouldn’t because they’re old or whatever then they can pretty much fuck off forever thank you).
    So many classic performances, how does one pick just one to represent their feelings toward the man.
    I gotta say though, if Liz Taylor were to pass this weekend too…. well… that’d just be awful.

  5. I realise that may come off as mean towards Lex (pfft) but I couldn’t remember who it was exactly who made such horrible comments after the passing of Anthony Minghella recently.

  6. LexG says:

    Way to accuse someone of something they didn’t, and wouldn’t, do. You could’ve, you know, taken 14 seconds to google the Minghella thread to find the culprit, but I guess it’s classier to blame someone you don’t like.
    And not two days ago, you wrongly attributed someone else’s dumb X-Files predictions to me as well. What’s next, KCamel, gonna take me to task for my name-checking/Oscar-whoring obsession?
    I won’t hold my breath waiting for the apology I’m owed, Mr. Moral High Ground.

  7. jeffmcm says:

    Gee Lex, you’re getting extra attention without having to work for it, you should be happy.

  8. yancyskancy says:

    Wait, is LexG the right-wing Canadian, or the guy who’s always cursing everyone out and telling them not to “play?” It’s hard to keep up around here.

  9. Joe Leydon says:

    Actually, I think LexG would have had a great time hanging with Paul Newman. They both have/had a way with the ladies.

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