Three stars behaving badly are grabbing your attention today.
Here’s Kanye West at the MTV VMAs. (I’ll warn you, if your cringe threshold is low, you may want to watch this through your fingers.)
He’s since apologised, blogging that, “I’m soooo sorry to Taylor Swift, her fans and her mom.’
Here’s Serena Williams getting very upset with a line judge who called her for a foot fault.
According to the NY Post, on ‘a CBS video that was not broadcast, (Serena) said, “If I could, I would take this [bleeping] ball and shove it down your [bleeping] throat.” The BBC’s not reporting that quote (though plenty of other news organisations are running the same quote) but either way she was very very angry. And here she is explaining it.
Here’s Emmanuel Adebayor running the length of the field after he scored for Man City against his old club Arsenal (footage courtesy of someone in the crowd). I’m not sure about the rights set up – so here’s the link and you can watch it on YouTube.
And the last week we had Joe Wilson. Working in a quite different arena to the other three, he shouted ‘You lie’ at President Obama last week during his healthcare speech. The congressman from South Carolina, has since said: “I extend sincere apologies to the president for this lack of civility.”
All four examples show public figures expressing themselves with passion if nothing else. Three have said sorry, and Serena seems to regret it too. Is that enough to forgive them and move on? Or does this kind of behaviour diminish your view of the individuals involved? Would you wish to see them punished (Serena’s already been fined)? Do they deserve stronger recriminations?
Or, especially when it comes to music and sport, do we need to accept an element of pantomine and not get too upset by these kind of events?