Another hypothetical thread with optional poll, obviously. If you don’t like these, I frankly do not understand why you are still reading. Masochism?
Today’s story is about Kat, a woman in her early thirties. She starred in a couple of hit Disney Channel shows before reaching 16, then broke free of the Mouse with a Maxim layout and followed that up with several albums and movies: all hits, but all depending on their appeal more on her rack and legs than her singing voice or acting range.
Like many child stars, Kat had horrible stage parents who saw her as an organic ATM. Nonetheless there was a wholesome, loving influence in her life: her sister Lynn. Ten years Kat’s senior, Lynn was never interested in profiting from her sister’s success and wealth, much less following the same route. But she was always there for Kat throughout Kat’s teen years: a shoulder to cry on, a kick in the ass, or a refuge from the paparazzi.
Lynn died at 27 of cancer. This devastated the 17-year-old Kat, not least because of the tabloid headlines and her parents’ shameless attempts to use the tragedy to further Kat’s career. Their behavior then was the main reason she became an emancipated minor and fired them as her managers.
Years have passed. Recently, Kat has been contacted by an organization dedicated to raising funding for the sort of cancer that killed her sister. She knows this non-profit well, having anonymously contributed a good bit of money to them every year. The organization wants her to be their honorary chair for the year, which will entail speaking publicly about Lynn’s death and her own grief, and also talking to other people who have lost loved ones to cancer.
Kat hesitates. Her relationship with Lynn is private, almost the only thing about her life that is entirely hers, and she doesn’t want to give it up. By contrast, both her current manager and her best friend think she should do it. Her manager favors the move because Kat wants to move to weightier projects, and the honorary chairship may make people take her more seriously. Her best friend thinks Kat owes it to her fans to go public about her sister’s disease and its consequences. It’s because of the fans, after all, that Kat is so fabulously wealthy, so she should give something back.
What do you think? Why?