A closed mouth gathers no tweet

What’s the deal with all the celebrity meltdowns these days? Jimmy Marks notes:

In this new age of connectivity, free-flowing information and self-journalism, celebrities are subject to the same screw-ups and missteps that the rest of us take.

Which never would have happened, as the old folks say, Back in the Day:

Lucille Ball didn’t leave the set of I Love Lucy and start tweeting “RICKY IS SUCH A BAD ACTOR W/ BAD BREAF LOL #stupid #yolo”. And if she could have? She probably wouldn’t have. Fifty years ago, everyone in the world knew better than to threaten the take-home pay with their opinions and their vaunted “personality”.

This must be why I’m still working: I have no personality to vaunt.


  1. fillyjonk »

    17 November 2012 · 10:17 am

    Coincidentally, the sidebar quote that came up with my viewing of the page this morning? J. Danforth Quayle’s “I deserve respect for the things I did not do.”

    I think my Twilight Sparkle-level ability to envision and fear consequences is what protects me.

  2. CGHill »

    17 November 2012 · 11:07 am

    The one thing we definitely have in common.

  3. Tatyana »

    19 November 2012 · 12:00 pm

    Unrelated to links @post, only to your last sentence:
    don’t you think there are situations when being meek and looking the other way will not save you? or: situations that require getting involved, even on the threat of losing one’s job? or: losing one’s paycheck is not as scary as losing self-respect? or: year after year trumping your individuality as not to appear “a personality” might be the reason for need of all those sedatives and anti-depressants

  4. CGHill »

    19 November 2012 · 12:24 pm

    I’ve done enough things perceived as threatening over the years to have a pretty good idea of just how far I can push the envelope without drawing Major Wrath.

    And yes, it’s true, sometimes keeping your trap shut won’t save you.

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