Eric Schaeffer
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Eric Schaeffer

Co-founder and artistic director for Signature Theatre in Arlington, which won the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award for sustained artistic excellence.

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How important?

Q: How much privacy do super-successful public figures deserve? Do the infidelities of Tiger Woods or former presidential candidate John Edwards change your perceptions of them?

Last week, I watched the media make a circus out of someone's private life and matters. It was fueling a fire that frankly is none of our business. No matter how huge the public figure is who may have done something, or made a bad judgment, that hasn't broken our laws -- it's not a matter for public consumption.

I just think of all the media inches and television hours that have been devoted and wasted on the matter. If those resources were actually used for something useful -- like writing and reporting about some issues that matter to this country such as health care, the war, equal rights or the economy, to name a few -- this country would be so much smarter.

I think the question to ask is not how much privacy do the individuals deserve -- but is it really my business and is it important? Yes, there is no doubt that there is huge disappointment from people who look up to these individuals who are successful and leaders in their fields. You wonder and questions their actions but, in the end, it's none of our business.

I think David Letterman handled his recent actions perfectly on his show. Told us he screwed up and he has a lot of work to do at home. End of the story and nothing more to talk about. He was upfront and cut it off.

Everyone makes mistakes and none of us can begin to understand the situation as well as the pressure that someone such as Tiger Woods or John Edwards was under. It doesn't make it right but that is not for anyone else to decide or write about. It's a personal matter that deserves respect from everyone to just stop talking, writing or broadcasting about it.

People need to talk about subjects that really deserve our attention. And more importantly, people need to listen when someone asks for space and time.

By Eric Schaeffer  |  December 7, 2009; 9:10 AM ET  | Category:  privacy Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Not sure exactly why he needs a break.

His poor wife needs a break!

I thought somehow that TW was not like all these other types. He just seemed cleancut, and his dad was his mentor, etc.

Alas, he is like all these other types.

He should keep playing golf b/c he is talented. It's just that no one should hold him up as a role model for kids.

So now every time I will look at TW, I will respect his playing. I just won't feel good about him as a person. That's all.

Posted by: Ruffles1 | December 8, 2009 5:50 PM
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Let the excuses begin, and start with the shameless columnists bending over to take one for good o'l Tiger!

Posted by: beenthere3 | December 8, 2009 5:09 PM
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If the public weren't interested in the tragic/comic lives of public figures, there'd be no need for drama or comedy on the stage. People are endlessly fascinating, and, the more famous/infamous the more the interest.

It's all about how people manage their lives, whether they are in sports or theatre or politics we the public will discuss or criticize their behavior.

There's no point in trying to be above the fray and pretend that we human beings are not interesting to each other. We are. We can analyze health care, war and peace, foreign policy endlessly, but idols who fall from pedestals will command comment.

How many plays are written about the Smoot Hawley Tariff? How many musicals are written about Medicare?

You'd be out of work if there were no continuing interest in people and their misbehavior. Stupid choices and greedy people create chaos in their lives and the lives of others; such is the stuff of tragedy -- and comedy.

Posted by: suzeq | December 8, 2009 3:20 PM
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News flash: If sailors have girls at every port, then rich celebrities have dozens of girls in every city. If you are rich and famous, then that includes you. If you are bland and unattractive, then workout, learn to cook, do the best that you can, and stop being jealous of celebrities. The celebrities will never give up their favorite perk – bar wenches. Their wives know the rule and accept their husbands’ celebrity perks in exchange for living a lifestyle of the rich. It’s better than returning to their original status of bar wench. Rich and famous men will always handle bar wenches or harems. It’s called CAPITALISM and you can believe that the wenches are SELLING THEMSELVES to the richest bidders.

An older woman needs to sit down with young Mrs. Woods and explain the “Rich and Famous Celebrity Rules Book” to her. Mrs. Woods is under the delusion that she’s rich and famous. Much like Notre Duke is under the delusion that it has a viable football team. NO … you are not rich and famous. Your husband is rich and famous and you hit the lottery buy attaching yourself to him. 10 million beautiful women around America and the World would love to be in your shoes. His stardom is much bigger than you, so hold on, enjoy the ride and try not to annoy him. Relax and say thank you Tiger for making me an extremely lucky lottery winner.

Today’s famous athletes are the equivalent of Medieval Knights. Actually, their outrageous entertainment salaries place them on the level of Medieval Robber Baron Lords, who own obscenely enormous tracts of land and all bar wenches on their land. Mr. Woods was performing his Lord duties with his bar wenches. Don’t you wish that you were rich and famous with 24/7 access to attractive bar wenches asking for naughty spankings?

Alexander Pushkin, Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Albert Einstein, John Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods sounds like pretty good company. I wish to acquire rich celebrity status and wenches.

Posted by: FrederickDouglass181 | December 8, 2009 2:53 PM
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News flash: If sailors have girls at every port, then rich celebrities have dozens of girls in every city. If you are rich and famous, then that includes you. If you are bland and unattractive, then workout, learn to cook, do the best that you can, and stop being jealous of celebrities. The celebrities will never give up their favorite perk – bar wenches. Their wives know the rule and accept their husbands’ celebrity perks in exchange for living a lifestyle of the rich. It’s better than returning to their original status of bar wench. Rich and famous men will always handle bar wenches or harems. It’s called CAPITALISM and you can believe that the wenches are SELLING THEMSELVES to the richest bidders.

An older woman needs to sit down with young Mrs. Woods and explain the “Rich and Famous Celebrity Rules Book” to her. Mrs. Woods is under the delusion that she’s rich and famous. Much like Notre Duke is under the delusion that it has a viable football team. NO … you are not rich and famous. Your husband is rich and famous and you hit the lottery buy attaching yourself to him. 10 million beautiful women around America and the World would love to be in your shoes. His stardom is much bigger than you, so hold on, enjoy the ride and try not to annoy him. Relax and say thank you Tiger for making me an extremely lucky lottery winner.

Today’s famous athletes are the equivalent of Medieval Knights. Actually, their outrageous entertainment salaries place them on the level of Medieval Robber Baron Lords, who own obscenely enormous tracts of land and all bar wenches on their land. Mr. Woods was performing his Lord duties with his bar wenches. Don’t you wish that you were rich and famous with 24/7 access to attractive bar wenches asking for naughty spankings?

Alexander Pushkin, Benjamin Franklin, Lord Byron, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, Albert Einstein, John Kennedy, Elvis Presley, Alex Rodriguez and Tiger Woods sounds like pretty good company. I wish to acquire rich celebrity status and wenches.

Posted by: FrederickDouglass181 | December 8, 2009 2:50 PM
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I am afraid you will, as I believe you have, blame the very business you are associated with. The very same media who prints the magazines and accepts ads from marketers of these famous people hawking material goods for exasperatingly absurd fees, holding them out to the public to manifest an ideology about now serves to slay the beast they created. That is what you call sustainable news. Without it my friend with whom I agree with, you may not have a job right now. Careful to not bite the hand that feeds you!

Posted by: iralarry | December 8, 2009 1:35 PM
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