...as inspired by that senator who got busted for trolling in a public men's room, whatever his name was....
It simply amazes me that people who are -- or want to be -- public figures in one way or another are so damn stupid and careless. Everyone has quirks, kinks, closeted skeletons and various details of their lives that would make wonderful grist for the scandal mills. It seems to me those who could be hurt by scraps of their past -- or even current -- deeds ought to have the sense to keep that stuff under wraps.
If you have strange sexual tastes, or are an exhibitionist, or have hangups that would definitely be bad for your image, why on earth would you give into them when people might be watching? After all, there are individuals out there who make their living hunting up dirt on celebrities and politicians. Some are even semi-legitimate and see such peccadilloes as "news."
I'm more than grateful that my own name-recognition factor is, well, minimal. I like it that way. While there's nothing desperately awful in my past, there are things that would make me blush if they were revealed. And they are all reasonably small: no overly revealing photos*, no damaging court records, no confessions of bizarre activities with strange devices or non-human living beings.
What it comes down to is trust: the ex-Senator trusted that the guy in the bathroom stall next to him wasn't a cop, and we can all see where that led. People trust each other with "sensitive" personal information all the time, never stopping to think of the consequences should the recipient later feel the urge to be vengeful or make money.
Did Paris Hilton think those revealing videos of her would ever get out? Wait, that's a bad example; I'm sure she was eager to see them made public.
Remember that what happened to the chump from Idaho could happen, in one form or another, to anyone. And, the more you crave celebrity, the more likely it will happen if you indulge in any misbehavior.
Sad, but true, in our scandal-plagued society.
* Don't bother pointing out that such photos, if they existed, wouldn't be a pretty sight, okay? No one knows that better than I do....
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