Friday, March 12, 2010

Thoughtful Words From Corey Feldman About His Friend's Death

Rob and I are not terribly fond of celebrity "news" shows. This is why you won't see a tabloid or gossip magazine anywhere in our home. We don't watch Entertainment Tonight and have never looked at TMZ either as a program or website and I loathe Perez Hilton and these other celebrity leeches who thrive on the type of viciousness we are supposed to leave behind on the playground when we grow up. There is, in our opinion, nothing entertaining about ripping apart another person, shoving their private lives under a microscope, simply because they have talent or are attractive enough to gain our attention in the first place. What Feldman says below is eloquent and true.

I appreciate the fact that everybody [in the acting community] really cares and is trying to show their expression of sorrow right now. But at the end of the day, Larry, where were all these people the last 10 years, the last 15 years of Corey's life? … Where were all these people to lend a hand out, to reach out to him and say, you know, you're a legend, you're an amazingly talented, wonderful person who's really never gone out of his way to hurt anybody other than himself. He was there for his mom and he took care of her. He's always been a good person.

…In this entertainment industry, in Hollywood, we build people up as children. We put them on pedestals. And then when we decide that they're not marketable anymore, we walk away from them. And then we taunt them and we tease them. And things like TMZ, outlets like that, where it's acceptable in society—it's okay for society, as a whole, to poke fun at, to point fingers at, to laugh at us as human beings. Why is it okay to kick somebody when they're down? I don't think it is. And I don't think it should be tolerated anymore.

…He had nobody to turn to. I was one of the few people he had left in his life. You know, you see these people making great statements and that's wonderful and I hope they're all there for the memorial. And I hope they're all there for the funeral. But where were they during his life?

And that's something that I believe that everybody in this society needs to hold themselves accountable for. I think that we all need to grow up. And we need to think about every time we laugh at somebody in the tabloids, or every time we poke a finger at somebody and say they're a joke or they're fat or they're a drug addict or they're washed up or they're a loser, we need to look at ourselves and say, who am I?
—Actor Corey Feldman, on Larry King Live last night, discussing the death of his best friend, Corey Haim. Video here.

PS:  You notice how I didn't link over to any of the above mentioned gossip monger websites in my introductory tirade?  This was a conscious choice as I do not want to encourage nor support those people.

PPS:  Here are some Corey Haim movies I like.

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