These days if you’re caught out in some viral scandal, you need to quickly prepare yourself to deal with an overwhelming amount of unwanted attention through social media.
Anne Hathaway revealing her lady-bits when attempting to slide out of her car was one such recent event.
I’m not even going to direct a link to the million sites with photos etc. because I don’t want to encourage that kind of voyeurism. What I will highlight & applaud is Anne’s elegant statement on the subject:
“It was obviously an unfortunate incident. It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment, and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it.
“And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies the sexuality of unwilling participants. Which brings us back to ‘Les Mis’ ... So lets get back to ‘Les Mis.’”
I don’t know if she could have possibly given a better response to tell the truth.
- Acknowledged it happened
- Pointed out her vulnerability in the situation
- Steered the conversation back to the work she had been creating with the rest of the team
- Held her head high
Then again, celebrities are prepared to deal with this kind of attention.
Nurses looking after celebrities on the other hand, are not.
We all judge everyone else based on what we would do in a certain situation. If I was the victim of a radio prank, it’s incredibly unlikely I would take my own life and for arguments sake, neither would you – but we’re not Jacintha Saldanh.
Jacintha tragically didn't have the grasp of perspective when it comes to suicide that most of us have. It's horrifying she felt death was the best solution for her - I sincerely feel for her kids who now live with her decision.
What I will say is this. There is Strength in Vulnerability
So if you're dealing with a public embarrassment:
- Swallow your pride & ASK FOR HELP – and I don’t mean attention-seeking-cryptic Facebook statuses
- If you stuffed up, say you stuffed up
- If you didn’t stuff up, stand up for yourself
- If it seems like no one else is standing up for you, don’t stop looking until you find someone who will
- ASK FOR HELP!!!! No really, go and do it.
If you know someone who’s dealing with some public attention – not even from the media but just within circles of friends – stick with them. They’ll need a friend or two at the moment.