January 12, 2011, - 1:22 pm
Is it just me . . . or are you also tired of the hero-worship and strange new respect bestowed on Ted Williams, the homeless man and drug addict with a golden radio voice? Sorry, but I don’t celebrate this man, the new (Black male) Snooki.
Ted Williams: “Golden Voice” is Moldy Choice for America’s Hero Worship
American loves its successes and loves seeing those successes torn down. And then it likes to see them rehabbed and successful, again. How else can you explain the fact that Donald Trump is still listened to about business of any kind? The guy was, at one time, the world’s largest debtor. He was among the first who was deemed “too big too fail,” and that’s the only reason he still has a cent to his name. Creditors had so much invested in his failed real estate, hotel, and other ventures that they couldn’t afford to let him fail, which is why he was never forced to file for bankruptcy. But he’s a (rich) failure nonetheless, with casinos he’s mismanaged and lost, etc. His only successful venture is his absurd reality show on NBC, “The Apprentice,” in which his son and daughter–whose greatest and only real business “achievement” is coming out of the right vagina (one which was copulating with Trump)–have the chutzpah to lecture and judge actual, real business people.
So, now, we have another success-failure-success, albeit on a much smaller scale. But I still don’t see why Ted Williams is so worthy of admiration or even happiness and pride now that he’s off the streets of Ohio.
The man–unlike many homeless and otherwise downtrodden Americans, today–was a drug addict. He chose that life. There’s a reason the Net is chock-full of mugshots of Williams with various cheesy hairstyles. He led a life of crime and was repeatedly arrested. He also was a serial baby daddy, fathering nine kids and leaving them without a father or any means of support, growing up. The American taxpayers probably helped pay to feed and clothe them because he shirked that responsibility after wantonly spreading his seed. He chose that, too. And while some of his kids who’ve appeared on TV seem like they were actually better off without this slob in their lives, we know what generally happens with kids without a father: more likely to commit crime, to do drugs, to drop out of school, to have sex and become a parent as an under-aged teen, etc.
So, forgive me, if I don’t see the merit in rewarding this lout . . . just because he has a great voice and was living on the streets. America is chock full of out-of-work voice-over artists and unemployed radio announcers. And most of them are out of work because it’s a tough business, even tougher now with consolidation of radio station ownership, etc. Most of them are NOT out of work because they blew it and did drugs. Most of them didn’t father nine kids with several different women and weren’t serial criminals a la Williams. In many ways, even O.J. Simpson pool boy, Kato Kaelin, was more respectable than this guy. Many out-of-work–homeless and not homeless–Americans did all the right things. They lost everything, anyway, because of downsizing, tragedy, and other things that happen in life. Ted Williams’ behavior earns him a place in line behind them, not ahead.
I believe in second chances. We all make mistakes. That’s inherently human, and none of us is perfect. I also believe in compassion for the downtrodden and less fortunate. However, I believe in second chances and compassion–FIRST–for those who didn’t do these things this guy did to earn his place on the streets. I don’t feel sympathy for him. I feel sympathy–and pity–for the kids and women he abandoned. Those are the people who really deserve a second chance, since he took their first chance away by snorting and smoking it up into thin air.
And, of course, now we are seeing the real Ted Williams. With cash and job offers showered on him all over the place, you can’t take the street out of him. He’s already been arrested for an altercation and was caught drinking alcohol, among the addictions that brought him to the street. And, frankly, he seems a little mentally ill.
Williams has a great voice by accident of birth and by the grace of G-d. It’s nothing he did, nothing he earned. In fact, he’s done and earned nothing . . . unless you count enduring the hypocritical faux-honky-tonk twattle admonishments of Dr. Phil (on which Williams makes an appearance, this week) as hard time.
And, then, you might have a point.
Get it straight, America: Ted Williams is no hero. If anything, he’s just another one of the many irresponsible losers who are bringing America down and increasing the size and misery of its underclass.
The fact that he’s now doing announcing and voice-overs for “Entertainment Tonight” and Kraft doesn’t change or repair that. Not even a little.
I hope he cleans up his act and doesn’t end up on the street again. Very soon, his 15 minutes will be up. And, sadly, I predict in a couple of years, he’ll be back where he was . . . or on his way there. People generally don’t change. And he’s already shown that he won’t.
Yes, anyone in America can become an overnight success. But the moral here, is that anyone in this country can also spend a lifetime urinating on America to get there.
And the latter is the real Ted Williams story. It’s not something to celebrate.
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