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The Manolo


May 11, 2011 - 12:26 pm
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Does she not know that the respectable peoples usually couch their objections to personal military service in more nuanced terms.  The bien pensants do not say, “I did not serve because I wanted to party down in Ibiza, or New York, or Yale” but rather, “I did not serve because the military is taking advantage of the poor minorities, discriminating against the gays, and chopping down the rain forest with the depleted uranium chainsaws.”

This is how it is done by the smart peoples.

Although, such qualified political statements are not the pacifistic objections of honorable conscientious objectors, but rather just the socially acceptable way of excusing one’s failure to do one’s duty. They are the tribute that selfish vice pays to patriotic virtue.

And if the Bar Refaeli had been smart enough to say something similar perhaps much of the subsequent imbroglio (to include threats of boycotting) would have been avoided.  But, she said something dumb and dumber, and now she is in the hot and hotter water.

But, back to her original contention, that “celebrities have other needs”.  This is obviously true.  The requirements for celebrities to maintain security and privacy are different than what you and the Manolo need. But beyond this, what other needs have celebrities that separate them from, and elevate them above the rest of humanity?

Here is the Manolo’s answer to your question: none.

To treat the celebrities as the special class, exempt from the ordinary duties demanded of the citizens of the democracy, is offensive.

Celebrities are not demi-gods, trapped between Olympus and Earth, raged at by Hera and beset by Minotaurs.  They are ordinary people distinguished from the rest of us by their beauty, talent, intelligence or simply notoriety. And yet, again and again, we tolerate and excuse their outrageous actions, complicit in encouraging the very behaviors we deplore.

Of the course, even as we deplore some, we must acknowledge the many, perhaps the majority, who do their duty quietly and without complaint.

Indeed, even the mightiest of mega-celebrities have answered the call to serve.

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And now the Manolo asks, if Elvis Presley can, at the very peak of his fame and notoriety, do his duty, why cannot the infinitely less famous, less important, less significant Bar Refaeli?

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