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General Pace Should Be Pulling An Isaiah Washington

Updated on May 25, 2007

Shouldn't General Pace Be Pulling An Isaiah Washington? - Don't Get Me Started!

Excuse me for not getting all excited about Isaiah Washington's new public service announcement about how "words have power" to hurt or heal that supposedly premiered during reruns of Grey's Anatomy last night. I am one of the six people in the world who don't watch the show, don't care about the show and was only affected by the "scandal" of Washington calling fellow co-star T.R. Knight a fag because people I know who do watch the show asked for my opinion. Here's the deal, he's an actor that got lucky landing a hit series (the same as Knight). These people have been on for what; one or two seasons and we know nothing about their background as far as education or political beliefs, etc. and guess what? We shouldn't care. These are actors people, they're paid to make you believe the character they're playing and it doesn't mean that they have to have personal character. Instead of worrying about Hollywood celebs being "mean" to the gays, shouldn't we be more worried about the people who make our laws and lead our military? Shouldn't General Pace be pulling an Isaiah Washington? - Don't Get Me Started!

See we get so wrapped up in our celebrities that we forget that actors (and believe me I know from personal experience and include myself in this bunch) are a needy lot on the whole. They have low self-esteem from the constant rejection that is this business and although I never experienced it myself (as I'm the greatest never was been there ever was) I understand that once you get some fame it is all consuming to figure out how to keep it and continue to stay on top of your game. Don't get me wrong, I'm not feeling sorry for the chosen few who make it in the business (getting to walk red carpets and drive one of their eighteen Hummers), I'm just saying that we have to understand that fame comes with its own set of problems and these people are usually just as needy as the abused wives on Maury.

What astonishes me is that we as a society focus on these actors instead of our leaders. I'm not saying it shouldn't matter at all when someone is in the public eye and they spew hate, I'm just saying that the odds are both the actors in question probably won't even have careers in five years (when the series is done) and will have no lasting affect on humanity while our political leaders' opinions and legislation will affect us for a very long time to come.

For those of us who were bullied in school and beyond, we should know better than to allow the bullies to define us. (Because just like people not flying after 9/11, that means that the terrorists win.) Haven't we learned anything from our past? And shouldn't the organizations who sit down with stars that make these inappropriate comments do more than just create a PSA (Public Service Announcement) with the celeb and get a picture with them on their camera phone?

I know I'm just talking crazy when I question why we care about Mel Gibson hating Jews, Michael Richardson and/or Imus going off on Blacks and Washington or sports figures calling someone a fag. They don't affect whether or not I can visit my mate in the hospital, they don't change the fact that I can't adopt in many states and what they say won't make it possible for me to donate blood.

It's not that I'm not concerned at all with public figures promoting a healthy environment endorsing people respect and get along with one another, it's just that I'm just as worried about American Idol contestants at seventeen singing "She Works Hard For The Money" and "Roxanne" (songs that deal with prostitution) when the demographic for the show's audience is kids as I am with Washington leaning over his cast mates backstage at an awards show lying when he says he didn't call someone else on the show a fag.

If we're going to put a big spotlight on actors and performers for being "inappropriate" to us gays shouldn't we also focus on our political figures? In fact, shouldn't we focus more on our political leaders? Maybe not, perhaps we've gotten it right as celebrities seem to be shaping the lives of our children and future generations much more than political figures or their parents. Political figures have become like banks, there's really no option but to have a bank account and yet we allow them to abuse us with ridiculous charges (for things like ATMs) and make us feel bad about ourselves when we go asking them for help because we made a late payment in 1982. We allow them to abuse us, define us and pass judgment on us. But the difference is that as Lincoln said, "...government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from this earth." So if that's true shouldn't we demand more from the "government of the people" as Lincoln said? Then again, it was an actor who killed him! Shouldn't General Pace be pulling an Isaiah Washington? - Don't Get Me Started!

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      somelikeitscott 10 years ago from Las Vegas

      I'm with you on this one. Afterall, as Randy Jackson proved on Idol, we're more likely to wear military inspired fashion because of someone like Randy Jackson than General Pace (even when we should have just stopped that fashion craze back when the other Jackson, Michael, was wearing it in the 80's!) And isn't fashion more important than anything and the true indication of who we are?? Okay, just kidding!!

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      Jason Menayan 10 years ago from San Francisco

      I agree in principle but I think "we gays" have much more power and influence in Hollywood than in the military. Washington has to at least pay lip service to being a decent human being; Pace can continue being an asshole and most of the military brass will support him 100%.