Posted in C-Haze

Josh Romney, the Car Crash and the Shameless Self-Promotion

Mitt Romney’s son Josh made headlines yesterday.

As the story goes, Josh was the first person to come on the scene of a terrible accident. While stopped at an intersection, he witnessed an SUV moving at speeds he describes as upwards of 70 MPH crash into the kitchen of a nearby home. First on the scene, Josh pulled the occupants of the vehicle– a couple and their two teenage children– to safety.

The family of four suffered minor injuries, and were treated by paramedics, and none suffered major injuries.

Some call Romney a hero for his quick action to help a family of strangers to safety. Others criticize him, not for his good deed in helping the family get out of the vehicle, but for what he did immediately after.

Josh immediately took to Twitter, having had someone take a picture of him smiling, standing in the aftermath of the crash:

View image on Twitter

The caption reads: 

Was first on scene to big accident, see pic of car in the house. I lifted 4 people out to safety. All ok. Thankful.

Poor taste? Many say yes.

Josh Romney a hero? Many say yes.

I think Romney’s actions fall into the category of both.

Pulling a family to safety after what clearly looks to be a horrific crash was an act of kindness, an act of decency. Posting a picture of himself smiling in the face of such destruction, mere moments after it all happened was a dumb thing to do. It was tasteless– an obviously self-promoting act– and he deserves to be criticized for doing it.

Incident of the century, it is not. Disturbing and uplifting all at once?

Yeah, I guess it is.

Posted in 50 Cent, Domestic Violence, Rapper, Social Media, Twitter

50 Cent, Domestic Violence and the Gucci Couch

For the past few days, social media has been all aflutter over rapper 50 Cent, and the pending domestic violence case against him.

According to news reports, Fitty and the mother of his child were arguing. She fled to the bathroom, closing the door. Enraged, he allegedly kicked in the door, and kicked her as well. As a result, he has been charged with a single count of domestic violence, and several counts of vandalism.

I don’t know if 50 Cent is guilty or innocent. His behavior in light of this incident, however, is deplorable.

As news of the charges against him hit the cyberworld, 50 instantly began making fun of the allegations on Twitter. He has posted a series of pictures of himself in various places with the captions, “I’m not in jail, I’m…” and fills in the blank with his activities at present. In one, he says, “I’m not in jail, I’m in the strip club.” Another reads, “I’m not in jail, I’m on my Gucci couch.” All are accompanied by pictures.

He later retweeted a fan’s comment, reading in part: “Your ex is stupid whore!”

At best, the rapper is innocent, and has been wrongfully accused of- and charged with- a serious crime by the mother of his child. At worst, he brutalized the mother of his child.

None of us know what really happened, or what didn’t really happen. Regardless, however, the situation is serious, and is not a joke. His refusal to stop poking fun of the judicial system; his refusal to stop laughing at and humiliating the woman who bore his child is appalling.

It sheds light on the man 50 Cent really is- or at the very least, the man he wants the rest of the world to see.

He could easily have said nothing about the charges against him, opting instead to let the system crank through those squeaky wheels of justice privately. Just as easily, he could have used this unfortunate situation as a platform to speak out against domestic violence- a terrible epidemic that plagues women the world over.

Instead, he’s laughing.

No, he’s not in jail…

… He’s shallow.