Ok, so maybe he didn’t break my heart, but he made me a bit sad!
I was watching the making-of video produced for the recent song-modification ‘Save the Gorilla’ (‘Stand and Deliver’ with altered lyrics, produced for the Dianne Fossey gorilla-saving project http://www.dianfossey.org/portfolio.html click on ‘Adam Ant - Save the Gorilla’ to view). As Adam sings the song he’s puffing on a cigarello.
‘So what’ you might say? ‘Lots of people smoke’ you might also say. ‘This guy pulled a gun in a nightclub’, you will point out, in that tone of voice you have. But…
This is the guy who sang ‘Goody Two Shoes’.
‘You don’t drink, don’t smoke, what do you do?
Subtle innuendo follows,
there must be something inside’
(possibly a reference to Adam’s sexual antics).
I know, it’s not my place to judge, and people change over the years, and yes, pulling a gun is much worse than smoking (hell, even owning a gun is pretty bad in my book, but the farmers in my family have guns, so I can’t be too upset. Although, said farmers don’t spend very much time in L.A. nightclubs).
I can’t say why this upsets me, but it does (the cigarello and the gun). I know, smokers are people too, they laugh and love and cry and smile -but I don’t like smoking, never have, I don’t understand it and I always feel sad when I find someone I care about smokes -in this case, I’m fully aware this is a celebrity and I can only really care so much, but still-. And I know Adam spent time in a mental health insitute dealing with the depression that led up to the gun-pulling, I feel sympathy for that, when someone’s sick and they seek help it’s commendable. But the smoking…
Is it fair that I’m upset over one of my straightedge heroes has falling by the wayside? (I know Adam technically predates the straightedge scene, but he WAS punk and he never succumbed to the excesses that surrounded him in late 1970’s London).
So, what celebs have made you feel this sort of… betrayal is too strong a word, this acting against public persona?
Am I being coherent?