July 5th the Verdict came out.
People were pissed.
Not because she wasn't convicted by the jury. That doesn't bother me. She's been convicted by the court of public opinion and that is pretty harsh. Good luck getting a job, honey.
I'm pissed because of the profiteers.
There are creeps who are going to offer her ungodly amounts of money to tell her story. They will make her come across as some misunderstood heroine who was simply overwhelmed by a tragedy and behaved badly. Or as a poor, lost soul who is a victim of (insert social pathology here). Or maybe even as a calculating monster. Whatever sells.
Like a lot of people, I posted this on my facebook status:
For those of us who are outraged at this jury verdict, there is something we CAN do. DO NOT buy any book, magazine, or movie ticket for anything that the Anthony family publishes in order to make money off of this whole tragedy. I copied this...pass it on. I sooooo agree don't let them profit please!!!!
But what about those who have been profiting all along?
What about those who have been selling this story to us since the beginning, grisly detail after grisly detail? They have been stirring up the nation's wrath, because it's easy to generate outrage.
I am tired of being outraged.
I don't care that Arnold had a love child.
I don't care about Tiger's divorce.
I am bored of the royal wedding, and cynically waiting for their first fight so that I can be manipulated into siding with one or the other.
Wikileaks, oil spills, global warming & same-sex marriage? Meh. Who cares?
I can pledge never to watch a Kasey Anthony movie, which is no stretch for me because I wouldn't have watched it anyway.
What I can't pledge is to never watch the coverage to begin with.
How many hours have I followed this? How many Papa John's commercials have I seen while waiting for the next sordid details? How many Subaru ads have I seen? Glade Plug ins? AT&T Wireless?
The honest truth is, I am going to keep feeding the beast. I'm blogging about it, aren't I?
Kasey Anthony is not important.
I need to remind myself what is important:
And I need to move on.