What it says about us

Jonah_Hill_TIFF_2011I’m sure many of you have heard that Jonah Hill first lost his damn mind and called some paparazzi “faggots” and told them to suck his cock. Or something. I haven’t watched the video because I refuse to support the business of TMZ and others like them, hateful cunts that they are.

I’m not even a fan of Jonah’s. I’ve seen him in a few things, and he’s not bad, but not someone I seek out to watch. Although that may have changed, because of his apology. The man owned his mistake, and was open, honest, and did the right thing. That’s something that’s so rare these days, and should be applauded and copied, over and over and over again. For that, I truly thank him.

Do I forgive him? For what?

You see, what we didn’t get from the fuckchuckles at TMZ is the part where the paparazzi is terrorizing Jonah. And I don’t use that term lightly. This asshole was terrorizing a celebrity to make a few bucks, which TMZ then gladly handed to him in an attempt to tell a story that they are responsible for creating in the first place.

Terrorism: [noun]  the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

That’s exactly what the paparazzi was doing, and while it wasn’t for political gain, it was for power, and that’s what politics is all about anyway.

Jonah was attacked, his friends and family with him were attacked, and like any animal backed into a corner his fight-or-flight response ramped up, and his brain was busy doing other things and he spouted out words that had been used to hurt him in an attempt to wield a weapon against his attacker. All perfectly natural things, things we all do.

And those word-weapons he grabbed? Those were the ones used to hurt him, and trust me, they hurt a lot, especially when you’re a kid. Again, nothing to see here, kids tend to be  assholes because parents think it’s not a problem that they say shitty things.

At the end of the day, Jonah regrets letting it get to him, and his apology is, as I said, applauded. Great.

But we should be apologizing to him. We’re the ones who made TMZ possible. We are public that eats this shit up. We are the creators of the terrorists known as paparazzi, and we need to stop them. And we start by apologizing to Jonah and everyone else we’ve terrorized in our quest for trivia about our idols.