I thought the same thing!Originally Posted by AJane;3305544;
I kind of feel bad for Michael Phelps in all of this. I do NOT think that he is a victim of any sort -- he reaps big benefits from his fame, appears to enjoy them, and he's the one who chooses his behavior. But I do think that perhaps partially unwittingly and partially wilingly, he's had a personna placed on him by the media. That personna was not created by him or promoted by him the way that it is with many celebrities, but rather was created by the media covering him. All he put out there was that he was a guy who could swim INCREDIBLY well, and was very dedicated to it. From there, the public created an image and ran with it. We decided for him that he was the all-American, mom and apple pie loving kid that we wanted toe hero of Team USA to be. I don't think the outrage in this story is over a 20-something celebrity smoking pot. Truly -- if you saw a picture showing Ashton Kutcher or Jon Mayer smoking pot, would you have the same reaction? The outrage is over MICHAEL PHELPS betraying the image that was thrust upon him (and also accepted and nurtured by him admittedly) by smoking pot.
I would not want my surgeon drinking before surgery, nor would I want a police officer or fire fighter (or pilot for that matter ... or cab driver) drinking on the job. However, when I see a picture of Paris Hilton with a martini in her hand, the part of that which outrages me is that people are publishing the picture of a girl famous for nothing ... not someone drinking.Originally Posted by captain;3306763;