"Unhappy is he whose fame makes his misfortunes famous." So said Roman poet and literary scholar Lucius Accius (170BC-86BC). I can think of no more profoundly appropriate words for three news makers. First, Rosanne Barr. Her notoriety makes her grossly offensive tweet about Valerie Jarrett impossible to ignore and her future in show business impossible to consider. To say she will be avoided like "the plague" is an understatement. She joins the ranks of Harvey Weinstein and Brad Garrett and Mel Gibson, et.al. And that comedienne who held aloft the severed head of President Trump. Oh, wait. Even after the most vulgar of statements about race, both Garrett and Gibson are still making a living in Hollywood. Go figure. Apparently, some racism is permissible in some circles of the entertainment industry. Second, The Reverend Kirbyjon Cardwell has been indicted in an alleged $3.5 million bank fraud scheme. He has yet to be tried and is innocent until proven guilty. I guess he would rather be more anonymous than the pastor of a 15,000 member United Methodist Church in Houston, Texas. To be fully transparent, Kirbyjon and I were classmates at the Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas, back between 1979-83. And the same could be said for New Orleans, Louisiana, based evangelist, The Reverend Jesse Duplantis, who has requested his congregation raise $54 million to buy a jet airplane so he can travel around the world without the inconvenient need to use public facilities. Oh, to be a bit less famous. Oh, for a bit of anonymity. It appears Lucius Accius had his finger on the truth over 22 centuries ago.
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