Saturday, April 11, 2009

Public Indecency

Decency. Our society is losing it. Things that should be kept private are made public. Our voyeuristic cravings are fed via talk shows who are purveyors of smut. It’s shameful.

Consider this…

A couple of weeks ago, Levi Johnston (the boyfriend of Sarah Palin’s daughter and father of their baby), demonstrated the decency of a billy-goat when he discussed the personal and private details of his sexual technique on The Tyra Banks Show. Millions of people watched this interview as he revealed more than he should have. Johnston’s mother, Sherry, and sister Mercede, sat next to Levi and laughed as he and Tyra traded winks and silly jokes. Levi behaved like a brute beast as he betrayed Bristol Palin, the mother of his four-month-old son, with giggles and self-importance for fifteen minutes of fame.

Here is a link to an "excerpt" of the interview which does not contain the worst parts. It is a brief clip and I provide it only for context. You may view it here.

There wasn’t enough decency or honor on that television set to temper the boys words. Deeply personal, intimate, and private moments went public. Vulgar comments fueled the exchange. At one point Tyra Banks leaned in close to the boy, feigned intimacy and probed for more secrets. He fell for the trap. He forgot the words of Proverbs 5:3-4…

“The lips of a seductive woman are oh so sweet; her soft words are oh so smooth. But it won't be long before she's gravel in your mouth, a pain in your gut, a wound in your heart.”

Flushed and full of himself, Levi told the world the secrets he’d promised Bristol he’d share only with her.

In that moment his shame became ours.

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