I saw two news stories yesterday that really bothered me. One was a video in which Maria Shriver pleaded with a paparazzo to stop filming her. She kept her cool and was polite, but you could just see the pain in her eyes as she asked for her privacy. She asked the photog his name, but he wouldn’t tell her. It was hard to watch. It told a lot about her and the photographer. Just because she was born into a wealthy family and married a movie star doesn’t make her less of a human being.

The other was a report on “Teen Mom” Amber’s suicide attempt. I don’t know her back story, but I’ve read that she was charged with beating her daughter’s father and obviously she got pregnant as a child. Clearly those things stem from a dark place. It really made me sad to think of a person in so much pain she felt she had no other way out. It also makes me sad to think MTV is asking troubled children to sign contracts to have their lives filmed in exchange for a pile of cash that those young parents could really use.

It’s been a difficult year for me and I know I’m thankful for my privacy while I worked through things. Before this period in my life, it was much easier to see celebrities as extraordinary people who could probably handle such things better than I can. I can now see how wrong that is. These are real people with real feelings dealing with real hurt. They don’t deserve to have their pain broadcast to the world for our entertainment.

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