Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Idle threat of the week

It has been said that a bad excuse is better than no excuse at all. I'm not entirely sure this is true, but maybe there is some redemptive quality in giving a humiliatingly weak reason for why you have done wrong.

When Tatum O'Neal was arrested over the weekend for buying crack she claimed she was "researching a part." Echoing the excuse fellow actors Eve Mendes and Owen Wilson gave when they were caught entering drug rehab. These are what I would call bad bad excuses.

Especially for Tatum O'Neal. She may have won an Oscar at age ten and made tennis bad boy John McEnroe seem like the voice of reason during their marriage a couple decades ago, but these days the only time the man on the street is going to hear of Tatum O'Neal is when she is splashed across the front page of the New York Post because she was arrested for buying crack cocaine.

So why get all haughty and pull out the "I'm an actor" card when a more typical bad excuse, such as "I thought I was buying rock candy," could possibly endear the troubled 44-year old to the rest of us non-SAG members who have been forced to utter pathetically embarrassing excuses when in similarly desperate situations.

And Tatum O'Neal's misguided attempt to convince the world of the length she will go for her art is the Idle Threat of the Week for May 26th to June 1rst.

Although, I have to give it to her, O'Neal figured out the error of her ways mighty quickly. Yesterday she changed her story and blamed her drug adventure on being depressed about the recent death of her Scottish terrier.

Between dying, running away and eating inappropriate things, dogs justify their moniker as "man's best friend" just by the number of times they pop up in our worst excuses.

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