Cleve Francis
cardiologist, musician

Cleve Francis

Cardiologist; President, Mount Vernon Cardiology Associates, Alexandria, Va.; musician.

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Q: Not so long ago, Alec Baldwin called his teen daughter names in a horrifying phone call heard around the world. Now he's co-hosting the Oscars ceremony. Was the decision to spotlight Baldwin a wise one? And after a public figure embarrasses himself or herself so profoundly, how do they regain their footing? Who has managed to overcome such shame, and who has failed to?

Even though Mr. Baldwin was involved in an "embarrassing personal incident" concerning a rather heated verbal exchange with his daughter, it was the opinion of the Board of the Oscars that his actions did not warrant boycotting him from participating in an event deserving of his statue as an iconic actor and entertainer. I am certain that the board responsible for this major event's image and prestige considered his behavior forgivable.

Since this incident was not anything illegal or having overriding moral implications, it was of less than overwhelmng consequence.

At a basic level, Mr. Baldwin is a human being and, like the rest of us humans, is at times associated with questionable decisions and actions. Judging from the success of the recent Oscars, the viewers ( over 41 million ) agreed with the decision of the board.

By Cleve Francis  |  March 11, 2010; 12:02 AM ET  | Category:  The comeback Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Thank you. I know there are temper tantrums I've thrown where if a tape were released, it would play pretty bad.

Posted by: jonavery2000 | March 12, 2010 12:54 PM
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