When famous people crash and burn, they do it just the way they do everything else--big--thanks, in good part, to the media.
Oh, how celebrities both love and hate the media. The avenues that put them on that pedestal are the same ones that pull back the curtain to reveal that the great and powerful Oz is just a man pulling a bunch of levers.
Which brings me to my point. Mel Gibson.
Perchance you may have seen the video clips of his now infamous recent interviews, where he proved to be just a man with a bunch of levers. Pull back the curtain and he's just a guy, ticked at having to answer questions about something he wants to leave behind.
We all get that he didn't want to revisit one of the lowest parts of his career. But his words, his expressions and his anger showed a side of the Great and Powerful Oz that pretty much counteracted any "good publicity" he wanted to get for his movie.
I will go out on a limb here and contradict a famous saying--that any publicity is good publicity. Depends on if you want that publicity to land you on Dr. Drew's Celebrity Rehab, or if you'd rather it propel you into the sequel to Avatar.
As someone who spent years as a publicist--working between those in the spotlight and the media to provide great coverage for my clients--I can tell you that the only faces that the publicist off camera would have been making would have been grimaces as he watched and listened to his star shoot himself in the foot. You see, allegedly, when Gibson thought he was off camera after the interview and muttered "a**hole," it wasn't really directed to the interviewer he'd just verbally battled with--it was directed at his publicist who was making faces at him. Uh-huh.
It always amazes me when people who have chosen the spotlight also choose to be antagonistic toward the very people who have the power to either make them a media darling or put them on the cover of a multi-million-reader publication with no makeup and grubby sweats at the grocery store.
I suppose the most appropriate quote here is How the mighty have fallen!--which is actually taken from the best-selling book of all time--the Bible. 2 Samuel 1:27, to be exact. Somehow I always thought that it must have come from some Hollywood movie, or maybe a Presidential speech. Funny how God is so wise, eh?
I don't have paparazzi following me every moment (thank God for small blessings), but I still have a responsibility to be the best person I can be all the time. Not just when the cameras are on. Or the kids are listening. Or I'm trying to impress a neighbor.
Is the behind-the-curtain you the same caring, loving, sweetheart as the Great and Powerful You? Yeah, me neither. Sometimes I wish I did have a camera on me, so I could really see how I act, and not just how I think I act.
Maybe that would counteract this Foot-in-Mouth Syndrome I seem to be plagued with. Because the antiobiotics just aren't working.