‘Balloon boy’ parents: Good riddance
I like this sentence. It sends a message that desperately needs to be sent. That message is: You can’t yell fire in a crowded theater. As if you needed to be told that.
In this fame-obsessed, mentally bankrupt culture we live in today, apparently so.
As someone who is frankly tired of the constant one-upmanship of brain-dead idiots in the pursuit of the most moronic — and fleeting — personal fame possible, I say bravo to the judge. We need a deterrent from this sort of stunt garbage.
The Heenes, in perpetrating their hoax, wasted the time and resources of a lot of people. The cable news organizations should be ashamed of themselves for their hyperbolic over-coverage of the initial incident, but that’s beside the point. The point is, these people faked the endangerment of a child, they wasted the time and resources of legitimate rescue personnel, and that’s unacceptable. The notion that they hoped they would later profit by way of this decade’s most detestable form of self-promotion — a Z-list reality show — makes me want to puke. It’s appalling.
What if a rescue worker had been injured during this episode, or the resources were needed elsewhere and led to someone else’s death or misfortune because they weren’t available? What kind of consolation are unwitting people affected by this hoax supposed to take out of the fact that their efforts are being used in the service of a pathetic scheme to market some fool’s witless need to be on TV?
I particularly like the probation condition stating that the Heenes are not allowed to profit from this incident for four years (by which point they’ll hopefully be long forgotten by the media at large). A message needed to be sent, and it was. This is an appropriate punishment that’s not over the top, and I hope it deters future yahoos from similar attempts of self-promotion at the public’s expense.