Why Don’t We Expect Overpaid, Famous People To Behave?
“The Twitterverse(1) exploded” is the beginning of too many “news stories” these days as if it actually exists and is home to sentient beings. The latest “Twitterverse” explosion was over Richard Sherman, he of the Seattle Seahawks, and his post-NFC Championship game- outburst directed at, well, the rest of the (sic)uni-verse. Sherman exclaimed (sic) “I’m the best corner[back] in the game. When you try me with a sorry receiver like [Michael] Crabtree, that’s the result you going to get.” That was the moment the “twitterverse” exploded with many people feigning outrage while others swooped into discover that most common of American grievances lurking behind all too many little blue-bird icons: racism.
The Huffington Post’s Isaac Saul said(2) if folks would actually study [Sherman’s character] “he’d be a pretty hard guy to bash.” But for what reasons does Saul believe this? Well for starters Sherman graduated high school where most fail, held a decent GPA and loves his mother and father. These are achievements that only in the United States in 2014 are “exemplary” where once they were but “adequate.” Someone needs to ask the question: why don’t we expect more virtuous behavior from overpaid famous people?
It used to be that men of considerable station in life were fancied as exemplars, role models in modern parlance. They were expected to lead by example, say if a gentleman of notoriety was confronted by someone behaving rudely and without manners he was expected to “…meet rudeness from others by perfect politeness and polish of manner on [his] own part, and [he] will thus shame those who have been uncivil to [him].”(3) It is almost as though today, we have intentional ignorance, indeed, defiance of what once made men “great.” Apparently our era has become (sic)”a-verse” to manners and decorum, maybe the “twitter-verse” should “explode” with outrage directed at that?