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Monday, January 10, 2011

Controversy

Controversy is all around us, everyday we are faced with some sort of controversy. In the US the most recent has been over political retheric after the tragic shooting in Arizona, almost every article you can find about the tragedy has something to do with how the violent political retheric is affecting our country, which in my opinion it really is. I don't talk about politic much here because it is not part of my everyday life, I vote and do my research before doing so but to me that is a personal thing that I don't need to share with the world, however that being said a lot of political things have been popping up around me.

It all started when I read this post by the wonderful Veronica, and it doesn't matter how you feel about the situation there is a type of politics involved and that is business politic and that is what Veronica is against, at least that is how I read into it. And really that is what is going on, some girl, n=doesn't matter what her intention were, went up against some big company and that company with the help of the media is just shooting her down. Now I can't comment too much on this particular situation as I do not know all the details and could care less about the supposed "Sports Stars" as I do not live in Australia, but from what I have read, and yes I looked up articles about it, is that a 16 year old girl had sex with a grown man, said she got pregnant(which at this point no one but that girl herself knows the full truth as it was said she lost the baby) went to the AFL(Australian Football League)got no real help from them, and did the most stupid and probably rash decision of her short 17 years(she was 17 by the time I found this but was 16 when the sex accrued) by posting nude pictures of some of the football players that she had acquired in some fashion. Now to me both sides did wrong. The girl for posting the pics, the players for one having sex with a teenager(I don't care the age of consent laws you as a grown adult should know better than to have sex with a girl that is still in high school) and secondly for posing for the pics in the first place(as they were posed pictures) so really both sides to to deal with the consequences for their actions but from what I can tell from what I've read is that the punishment is being given out in a one-sided manner to the GIRL, a 17 year old girl, who's brain has not fully developed and does not all the time connect that when you do something something else will happen, look in up the brain does not fully develop until 25, and it seemed to me that the players were older than 25, but like I said I don't have all the facts and may have missed something. Because really it's not like she killed the guy or attacked him she may have violated him by posting the pics but really does something that happens probably everyday to non-famous people really require a girl to be broke for the majority of her like just because the guy had "fame", um no.

This parallels somethings happening in the US, sports wise. Two QB's, yes two, have had to deal with their own sexual scandals. The first got a four game suspension, that is four games no pay, for having had a third woman accuse him of rape, yes a very serious act, that in the end was not tolerated by the NFL. Why only a suspension, well he was never charges in any of the cases so really it was more of an ethical stand point from the NFL than anything else they were pretty much telling the guy watch yourself before you really are charge and out of a job. For me because all cases were dropped it seems that the women in the situation got in over their head and than the QB took it too far, again both parties at fault, but had these women felt strongly enough that they were really raped they would have continued with the charges and the likelihood that this guy would still be playing football today would be slim.

The second was not as bad as the other QB was accused of sending inappropriate voice-mails and texts, he was fined $50,000 because he admitted to the voice-mails, but the would not cooperate in the investigation, which to my knowledge never found pics.

The main difference in both cases was in the QB's cases the women were adult, officially over 18 adult is the US, now I'm not sure what is considered an adult in Australia but to me 16 is not it. Though I am fairly sure had any of the women involved with the QB's been under 18 these men would be in a whole lot more trouble and would not be playing football professionally again, but that is the US for you.

Which is something else I have notice from the situation in Australia, different countries act differently in similar situations. I believe this is because of how the US was founded. We were founded by Puritans who were prudes, sex was not talked about ever and there was rule on top of rule to prevent bad behavior. This cause the US to grow into a more prudish country. And yes sex is all over the media now but look t all the controversy that itself causes, just a few weeks ago some families for clean television or what not were complaining that Prime time TV, which was never intended to be viewed by young children( meaning under 6 to probably 13 years of age)is displaying teens(or actor who play teens) as sex figures and making it a laughing matter in some shows cases. One show they mentioned in doing so was the popular Fox show Glee, which I myself enjoy. But the thing with Glee is that it is a satire, which means that they are making fun of/showing high school life not in a realistic way, it is supposed to be over the top. Other shows are just written in that way and really at most high schools kids can walk into the bathroom or even just down the hall and see more sexual activity then what is seen in some of the shows. That being said the US still has a hush hush it's taboo to talk about sex mentality(MTV not included) which makes us, I think, react completely different when sex scandals, even with our Sports Stars come up.

*I know I should go and edit this, I just reread it and found a ton of typos but I really don't feel like doing that so if you have a question about something due to a typo let me know in a comment.*

5 comments:

Veronica said...

Thankyou for writing about this.

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Anonymous said...

I am not surprised with Sarah Palin's rather lame remarks following the shooting in Arizona. She blames "the media" for creating "blood libel." Which media is she talking about? Could it be the same media that made her and her daughter incredibly wealthy? She quit being the Governor of Alaska so that she could concentrate on being a celebrity with her book deal, political commentary on Faux News, have a reality show on TLC and have her daughter compete on "Dancing With the Stars."
Is Sarah Palin responsible for the shooting in Arizona? No. We are all responsible. We make "larger-than-life" icons of Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Bill O'Reilly, Rosie O'Donnell, and many others. Sensbile, stable people don't allow their drivel to influence them, but even in a room of 100 people where only one is armed and dangerous, the other 99 are in harm's way.
I have to hear Palin or even President Obama express any regret for their angry words used in the 2008 and 2010 elections. How irresponsible was it for Palin's website to depict a "gun sight" on Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords' congressional district and other districts? (And with the words, "It's Time To Take A Stand" above it)
We live in the greatest country in the world...it's time to show the rest of the world that we are also the most compassionate country in the world.

artquest1 said...

Hi,
I came across your blog, and read several posts. I was impressed by your divergent viewpoints and also by your passion. That said, I was also a bit concerned. You say that you are interested in writing, and are in fact, writing a novel. If so, congratulations, but a word of caution concerning your writing style and composition.
There were several places in your posts where I was finally able to glean your meaning and the point your were raising, but frankly it was a chore. You have a tendency to write long and convoluted sentences, and often include widely divergent concepts and thoughts, and this makes following along almost impossible. I include one of your sentences below, and if you re-read it, you will see that you would have been better served breaking this down into four or five sentences.
An example:
“Now I can't comment too much on this particular situation as I do not know all the details and could care less about the supposed "Sports Stars" as I do not live in Australia, but from what I have read, and yes I looked up articles about it, is that a 16 year old girl had sex with a grown man, said she got pregnant(which at this point no one but that girl herself knows the full truth as it was said she lost the baby) went to the AFL(Australian Football League)got no real help from them, and did the most stupid and probably rash decision of her short 17 years(she was 17 by the time I found this but was 16 when the sex accrued) by posting nude pictures of some of the football players that she had acquired in some fashion.”
I am certainly not trying to discourage you from writing, but rather hoping that you will take the time to polish your prose.
Good luck, Bob