Monday, February 13, 2012

Best Two Hours Of Television And Celebrity Criminals



I honestly can't believe how great Downton Abbey was last night!  And how many Tweeps chose to watch the Grammy's instead.  Y'all are cray cray!!  I flipped to the Grammy's after Downton was over to see Nikki Minaj doing some sort of exorcism scene with a side of Christmas music.  I didn't get it.  So I turned it off. 

I also saw via Twitter that Chris Brown was all over that show.  It never fails to amaze and disappoint me how society can completely disregard horribly actions of celebrities and sports stars. 

So a few months ago I was in a store and the two cashiers were gossiping when I walked up.  Without asking, they started to include me in their chatter. This happens to me ALL THE TIME, y'all!  People just tell me $h*t that is none of my bees wax.  You would never believe the unsolicited stuff people tell me- especially in line at the DMV.  Anyway, they told me that a guy had come into the store earlier that day to apply for a job but on the application he filled in that he was a convicted criminal and when it asked him to please explain, he stated that is was for sexual misconduct (or something like that).  These two cashiers were going on and on to the high heavens that they couldn't believe he would even apply (this was a Dollar store type place by the way) and that he would admit to all that on the application.  I then told them that he was legally obligation to inform a potential employer if they asked.  It was public record. 

I do have a point...I promise.

For 99% of society, having any sort of criminal conviction will forever remain a black mark on their lives.  Regardless of what the crime was, they will have struggles finding jobs and feeling of value.  Even when forgiven, they will still be considered a convicted criminal.  (And I am not saying it is right or wrong to have that black mark over you- I am just stating that I feel this is the case for most people.)

But then there are celebrities and sports stars.  Who just seem to be exempt from the shame.  No one talks about Khloe Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Paris Hilton, 50 Cent, Lil Kim, Johnny Cash, Keifer Sutherland, Christian Slater and Robery Downey Jr and even once mentions that they all did time (albeit a few hours for some) in jail.  They are sometimes elevated to a new, more respected level.  And make big buckaroos for giving interviews and writing books after they get out of the big house.






I am not saying the stigma should hover over them for a lifetime.  But would you be so accepting of someone not already famous if they told you that they beat their girlfriend (Christian), had repeated drug and alcohol abuse (RDJ), or had multiple DUIs and wore hooker club attire to court (Lindsay)?  Holy heck no!

I do realize I am so preaching to the choir here.  I read your tweets about Chris Brown's wife beatin' self.  It just totally gets my goat that everyone else doesn't see it the same way.

And that is why I watched Downton instead.  Well, that and because it is stinkin' AMAZING! 

I did predicted that Lord Grantham would cheat on Cora with Jane, but was not happy about it.  Or how far it almost went.  I was shocked by all the illnesses and am still dumbfounded by Lavinia's death.  I never predicted that one!  I am so pulling for Matthew and Mary though.  Oh and I was confused...did Sybil elope or just get engaged?  OK and tell me I am not the only one who thought it was funny when the doctor, after William showed everyone he could walk, was like "I made a mistake."  I would so find a new doctor!  That just struck me as so funny.  I am also still laughing at what I thought was the best one liner of the night.  "Don't be defeatist dear, it's very middle class."  And how sweet was it of Mary to set up the little honeymoon suite for Bates and Anna?  Do you think Bates really killed his wife?




Gosh this was just such a great episode!  I wish they were all two hours long.  I can't believe we only have one left though.  That just seems so cruel. 

Seriously, if you are not yet watching Downton Abbey, do yourself a favor and start NOW.  You need to start at season one though.  You'll be hooked after the first five minutes, I promise!

10 comments:

SarahCate said...

YES! I agree with you on all counts! I didn't even go near the Grammy's, although I am happy to hear Adele won so many- she is a talent for sure. I laughed so hard at the defeatist line...reminds me of my mother...haha.

Megan said...

I'm with you! I completely skipped the Grammys and watched Downton instead!

Susan R said...

I bought season 1 and 2, but I keep watching them when I get in bed and end up falling asleep, so I have to start at the beginning.
Please tell me that Thomas and O'Brian, by some stroke of luck, get hit by a Guiness truck and are never seen or heard from again. And please tell me that Bates wife/ex-wife/whateva gets hit by the same Guiness truck the next day.

KK said...

In the criminal justice world we refer to that black mark as invisible punishments, which extend beyond the term under the arm of corrections.
I am totally with you about the Chris Brown thing...I deleted his music off my iTunes I was so upset when everything went down. How quickly people forgive when you have celebrity status...

Mrs.K loves pink and green said...

I too,watched Downton Abbey,instead of the Grammy's.DA is my favorite show,and last night was such a fabulous episode.I loved your comments about "celebrity criminals",so very true.What's good for the goose is good for the gander....

Ally said...

I totally don't think Bates killed her. He bought rat poison but didn't give it to her. She probably took it herself, either accidentally or on purpose! LOVE Downton! Can't wait until next week! xo

Buford Betty said...

Oh don't be barkin' over Bob, bestest! You know his substance abuse was merely a cry for help because he couldn't be with me. Hahahaha...

Europafox said...

It is KILLING ME keeping my secrets about Downton - but I guess you could look on the net if you wanted to. Don't be tempted though - you have the Xmas special yet to come! You should try upstairs downstairs too - you'd love it.

Suburban Princess said...

I have always said Downton is the shortest hour of the week! I wish they were all 2 hours too. 7 eps is NOT a season!

Next week is the Cmas ep - so, so , so many things happen in it!

As for Dr Clarkson...it was a totally different time. There would be one doctor in the area and people didnt know what they know now. His milk and cinnamon Rx for the flu - they didnt have google nor did they second guess the DOCTOR!

I'm not surprised Martha Stewart didn't make your list. Talk about remaining a tremendous success event with a federal conviction under her belt!

Ruth said...

OH my! I have been waiting over a week to read this because I had not had a chance to watch it yet. Did last night after the parades but obvisously didn't watch it all because the last I remember Lavinia's death. But I had been drinking all day

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