In case you missed the big news this week, it didn't come out of Iraq or Washington or Oklahoma. It came out of Michael Douglas' mouth. Or something like that.
The New York Post boomed this headline: Michael Douglas: Oral Sex Gave Me Cancer.
You get the picture -- or, hopefully, not.
The point is that the starstruck global media naturally went berserk because an Oscar winner opined to the Guardian of the UK about how his partying wasn't what gave him cancer. It was his sex life. His spokesman later said Douglas' remarks were misinterpreted. http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/michael_douglas_oral_sex_gave_me_F7sSyn02iZDmLcgRmvbSNL
Douglas could have proceeded to talk for hours about the tragic tornado in Oklahoma or the controversy du jour faced by President Barack Obama. Instead, all we know is that Michael Douglas is talking pral sex. Douglas' recent portrayal of Liberace on HBO has drawn critical praise.
If you or I said such things, people would probably shake their heads at us in disbelief. But when Gordon Gekko says them, he gets international media coverage.
I would be risking redundancy if I expressed outrage at the irresponsible media. I'd be risking being repetitive if I called them out for falling down in front of a celebrity, who makes a startling statement.
I'll just hope that my brethren do better the next time a movie star talks publicly about oral sex and cancer.
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