Ranting Time (Watch out for my Soap Box)

So in my usual browsing of the internet I headed over to IMDb. I checked how OTH was doing in popularity (Up 9% from last week :0) ) but anyway I stupidly scrolled down and looked at the message boards. Why must I torture myself? But the better question is why do people feel the need to say some of the things they do?

Don't they understand that they are talking about real people, with real families and real friends and real lives. IT'S A TV SHOW!!!!! They are not the character's they portray, they make their own decisions based off what is best for them, and they try to do something they love to entertain us. So why hide behind your computer and speak so heartlessly about them and the job that they love.

Why is it easier to bring someone down than it is to help build them up? Would you say the same things about your friends, a family member? What if it was you? Would you like hearing or reading the things you wrote?

I think we forget in this age of internet and technology that the golden rules still apply. "Do unto others and you would want done unto you." If you can honestly sit there and say this would hurt me if someone wrote it about me then I wouldn't go saying about someone else. 

I know most actors and actresses either don't read these or just let it roll off but at some point it has to hurt. I can only imagine what it would feel like to have someone or a group of people rip apart something that you work so hard on. Take every small problem and blast it across the globe. 

Criticism it a natural part of life and I understand that. If you are going to put yourself and your work out there for the public eyes to see you are bound to face some negative reviews. But the way some people go about this is just wrong. To them I say get a life, grow up, and can you really comment until you know the whole story or been in their shoes. No I don't think so.


Amber Rae April 2, 2009 at 1:52 PM  

Dude..this was really well said. Pretty much what I was feeling the other day :)

Once again, this reminded me of that quote peyton used in a season 2 eppy about her orientation.

"It's not about me. It's about them and their stereotypes." - and how she should stand up and fight back...because what about the girl that can't?

People feel better about themselves by tearing others down. It makes them seem powerful since they can't take care of their own damn lives.

They need a reality check.


Astrid April 2, 2009 at 1:54 PM  

Word. On everything. It's not only a tough industry to crack, but once you have, there is all this BS to deal with. You really need to have a thick skin in the entertainment industry.

I have learnt to avoid those places where people find pleasure in breaking others down.

Neera April 2, 2009 at 1:58 PM  

I agree with this post and with Amber's comment. So very true. They're insecure about themselves, therefore they bring others down to feel better about themselves.

I've gotten very good at avoiding those places, don't go there anymore. They're terrifying!

Ella Preuss April 2, 2009 at 1:59 PM  

You're absolutely right. Having seen and heard hurtful things like that, I understand what you mean. We don't know these people, how can we speak of them like they're our friends?

Lily's Poet April 2, 2009 at 2:12 PM  

I so agree with this post! Sometimes people feel powerfull because they're hiding behind a screen, and let their darkest face out thinking they'll not pay for that in the end! But internet, isn't a place where you're free to do everything cause they're people reading those lines.

The other truth is because somebody is famous and work in the entertainement, others people seems to think they kind belongs to them!But we have to stay humble, those people works/ed hard to be where they're and even if they're over exposed in the media they're human, they have feelings, they deserve respect!

Thanks for sharing this post Kim!

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