Celebrities are criminals too

It often seems as though being a celebrity makes you “untouchable”. People who are in positions of power often like to use their status as a weapon. They threaten their victim’s success and usually end up getting their way whether it’s consensual or not. 


Woody Allen has been accused of pedophilia since 1992 (25 years) and has been involved in the creation of 32 projects in the film industry since. Bill Cosby has been accused of rapedrug-facilitated sexual assaultsexual battery, and child sexual abuse since the early 60’s, and still, awaits the verdict from his trial. R. Kelly was charged with statutory rape and child pornography in 2002, with actual video proof of him engaging in sexual relations with an underage girl, and was somehow found not guilty. In 2009, Chris Brown viciously physically attacked his then-girlfriend, Rihanna, and has come out with 4 albums since. 


Now, we have Harvey Weinstein, who is being outed for sexually assaulting and threatening the careers of multiple actors and actresses in the industry. The whole world knows about what despicable things he’s done. He has allegedly been fired from his job as a top film producer, and his wife is divorcing him. 

The worst thing with all these men previously mentioned, besides their crimes, is that they’ve all somehow managed to get away with it. What usually happens when a normal, mundane middle-aged man is found with possession of child pornography? Or when some guy serial-rapes 20+ women? Prison. Sometimes even capital punishment. Our entire society turns on them. They are considered the scum of the earth.


But when Woody Allen does it, he ends up with an Academy-Award winning movie grossing over $40 million worldwide. Ignition, R. Kelly’s top hit song, is still heard on the radio daily, even though he raped a 17-year-old girl on camera and urinated on her. Chris Brown beats up his girlfriend and wins a Grammy.


Even the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, has been proven of sexual assault and abuse of many women. But he’s a rich, white, socialite, man so we can let him be president of one of the world’s most powerful countries!


Although we always seem to forget, men aren’t the only ones who commit criminal acts and get pardoned. In this current season of the ever-popular television anthology series American Horror Story, popular actresses Emma Roberts (niece of Julia Roberts) and Lena Dunham both have brief roles. But did we forget that Roberts physically assaulted her boyfriend (and American Horror Story actor), Evan Peters? And didn’t Dunham sexually assault her younger sister many times and even write about it in her recently published book?


Our daily entertainment is built off of criminals. We pardon them because they said “sorry” and happen to be our favorite artist, or produce our favorite movies. But why? Why do we, as human beings, find that okay? Why didn’t Chris Brown’s record label drop him? Why do actors and crew still want to work on films with Woody Allen?


How can you say that Woody Allen is your favorite filmmaker while knowing that he’s an awful pedophile? How can you re-watch the Cosby Show and not feel disgusted every time Bill Cosby pops up on the screen? How can you not mentally see the scarring photo of Rihanna after Chris Brown pummeled her everytime you hear his voice on the radio?


It shouldn’t matter who the person is. Because justice is not served until they are convicted, or labeled as a pedophile or rapist. Harvey Weinstein should go to jail. Just like Ted Bundy did, or Jeffrey Dahmer. Just like every single person in the world who commits a crime and breaks the law. 


It is a colossal, throbbing slap in the face for every abuse victim there is to sit at home and watch Entertainment Tonight or TMZ talk about a man who has sexually abused multiple people, and that still has his huge, successful career. It would be daunting and horrific to watch your abuser live his life normally, let alone win a Grammy or an Oscar.


We shouldn’t show any more remorse to these people than we would to anyone else. Pedophilia is a crime. Rape is a crime. Physical, emotional and sexual abuse are all crimes. And until we deal with people like Harvey Weinstein as we do with criminals, we are allowing other celebrities in positions of power to feel like it’s acceptable to abuse people.

Rights while under arrest and in jail – Essay

Rights while under arrest and in jail – an Essay

Here is my finished essay on Canadian and American rights while being arrested and in prison. I learned very much about what rights I have (which I mostly had no idea about!) and found it very fascinating.

An infographic version of this essay will be done soon as well. I really enjoy creating infographics based on my essays as they really transform my new found information and make it much more fun to learn!

Book Discussion: Unfair

Synopsis: Good.  Succinct.

Things learned:

  1. Learned that the US justice system is unfair and biased.
  2. Police have been know to skip over evidence.
  3. Corruption is a problem.
  4. Basic training for police officers is not high and they need more training to deal with societies problems.
  5. There is still a tendency  to judge people by their appearances.  There are still a lot of assumptions by people in power.  More testing needed.
  6. Gained a different perspective on how the US treats people.  There are still many biases.
  7. This book has opened her eyes and made her think more critically about justice and laws.
  8. Gained a perspective on how important rights are.  Everyone deserves to know what their rights are.
  9. Understands the importance of the need to fix the system.
  10. The US is not cohesive in its laws.  It varies from state to state.  It needs a more unified vision.

Wed, Feb 1st Org and Assessment Meeting

Happening Now:

Unit B Master make-up Course- almost done!

Scientology/ Heavens Gate Cult- What is the difference between a religion and a cult? Questions and Research are strong, Emma is able to check her sources and find reliable information, because of the subject it is dangerous to pursue primary sources.

Reading- Dianetics, from the creator of Scientology

Fitness- I feel good, I am enjoy it, I have this routine, where I put on some noise, some Fresh Prince, and Bike, usually 40mins.

 

 

Future Focus:
Working to words completing Learning Activities, Decide on course of action and get started
-potentially a podcast, info-graphic

Think about how these systems impact society, how these beliefs influence peoples actions.

 

NEEDS:

Help Brainstorming Learning Activities- Jake Today
Arts Assessment from Maddy- 9:30am Mon, Feb 6th

 

Hell’s Angels: A Strange and Terrible Saga – Discussion

Synopsis:

Emma speaks well and overall, is succinct in her synopsis.  This is an important skill and she still needs some work in this area.  We will continue to practice throughout the year.

Hunter S Thompson travels with the Hell’s Angels throughout California.  He wanted to report on the sensationalism and bias in the media that were representing the gang as ruthless rednecks who abuse their wives – all of which was true.

The typical gang member was not well-educated and got connected with the gang through a peer.  What the author discovered was that most of the individual gang members wanted to gain some recognition.  For most criminals, recognition is a bad thing, but for this gang, it is what they wanted and were easily arrested by the police.  They also showed little remorse for their victims.  Emma believes that this all relates back to a lack of education and empathy.

Emma felt that the purpose of the book was for the author to get a good story and do effective journalism; he wanted to expose the Hell’s Angel’s culture without a bias and just report what he saw to raise awareness.

Emma was interested to learn about the Angels so she could try to understand their motives: what they do, why they exist, etc.  Some wanted to attack people to gain attention, for others it was a social circle.

We discussed the dangers of gathering this information for Thompson.  The Hell’s Angles behavior were largely unpredictable: are they going to put a gun to my head?  He put his work before his life, which he seems to have done throughout his career.

Emma learned that getting a good education and being a productive member of society are critical factors to leading a good life – stay away from bad people.

As for the writing itself, there were no chapters.  It was like one giant article.  Emma found it difficult to read at first as she has never read anything like it before, but after awhile, she enjoyed the style.  She feels that it was well written and smart, appealing to an intelligent reader.  It opened her mind to a different style of writing.

She feels he was successful in bringing these issues to light.  Some people believed that they were not that bad; personal opinions range.  Again, Hunter provided a non-biased view and left it up to the readers to make their own choices.

She enjoyed it.  Emma did not know about the subject and learned a lot.  She likes to read non-fiction.  It is more appealing to her as it is something that is real.  Emma would like to know more stories of what happened and their personal views from both the victims and individual gang members.

This book also enlightened her on a different kind of gang.  She has been looking at cartels and organized crime.  This gave her a different perspective and more knowledge on the subject.