Society is willing to overlook a great many things in a persons past, it seems to be human nature to offer someone a second chance to avoid making the same mistake twice, in some cases even after the person has done something incredibly heinous. (jdjournal) It’s weird how people will just overlook certain things but can’t possibly imagine looking beyond others, especially when the person in question is of a certain level of fame. (msn) The one question that’s puzzled me for a while is if we have a bit of a sliding scale on what we’re willing to forgive as a society as it doesn’t seem that forgiveness is a on size fits all situation. (yahoo) It’s strange to look at some of the things that celebrities have done over the years and either gotten away with or have had people just completely overlook due to their wildly increasing popularity and worldwide star power. (christianpost) The biggest question that seems to come to mind is why people seem to be able to separate the act committed by the person from the art they create in their profession more easily for some famous people than for others.
It’s widely known that Chris Benoit committed a terrible act when he snapped one weekend and killed his wife and his son before finally going into his gym and committing suicide, as a result he’s been essentially black balled from the world of pro wrestling for this act. (wikipedia) While Benoit’s act was certainly terrible enough to warrant such a blacklisting, why is it so hard for people to look at his body of world in the world of wrestling without thinking of the terrible crime he committed, yet other celebrities have ties to sexual relationships with underage children and it’s completely overlooked, some of whom are regarded as legends in their field? (reddit) Some celebrities have been able to have long, illustrious careers after allegations of pedophilia in their past, but it’s completely overlooked because they’re really talented in the world of film of music, it’s hard to get the thought that people are put up on a pedestal after such claims, some of which have been proven. (wikipedia) Why is it that these people are able to continue on with not only life, but their career as well, while a man who had such massive brain damage that some suspect he would have been dead within a year anyway is shunned for a crime he committed with the chance he had no clue what he was doing until it was too late? (whatculture) I’m not saying Benoit deserves a second chance, just that the field should be leveled, sex with an underage partner is at least as terrible as murder, if one person is blacklisted, wouldn’t it be fair to do the same to others who have committed an equally disturbing crime?