“I [He], for a long time, have [has] been passionate* about people dealing with mental illness and struggling with depression, or addiction.”
*It’s a good thing he didnt say compassionate, right?
Yes, Jared has joined the world of putting your face on a t-shirt and selling it in the name of charity. How admirable of him. No, really, it’s good of him. And his admission that he’s been diagnosed with clinical depression is incredibly brave of him. Depression is nasty and I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.
However being depressed doesn’t excuse his offensive comments over the past year(s). It doesn’t take away from the fact that all he could say about someone who died because of addiction was that their death was stupid. It doesn’t take away from all of what he’s said. And maybe it’s petty, but I’m sure that I’m not the only one wondering why he pretends that he hasn’t been a giant dick on social media. And the fact that he’s ‘nice’ in person doesn’t bode well either because I can take a guess at which Jared is the genuine one. Ironically enough, he’s supposedly less douchey on Facebook.
He started off so well. I’m sure the original comment was something like, “HEY ASSHOLE. You are poison.” Before he realised that he’s supposed to be all profound and shit.
On a (more) serious note, I do hope he gets all the help he needs (and that he learns how to control himself on the internet). I think it’s sad that his friend died but in no way shape or form does he get a pass for trying to destigmatise things like depression and addiction when a year ago, he stigmatized addiction and claimed that tragedy was bad things that he ‘read in the paper’. I’m not saying that people can’t change but I’m not convinced. If he was serious then he could have easily linked what he said about Phillip Seymour-Hoffman into his campaign and used his own ignorance to highlight what he supposedly wants to get rid of.
But we all know that he won’t do that. And as much as I really didn’t want to write this post, I don’t find any of this admirable at all. It’s bit like a smoker trying to sell you nicotine patches. You kind of half-believe that they have your best interests at heart, but ultimately, you’re not all that sure that they’re the right person for the job. And you can maybe appreciate the effort. A little. Just not enough to buy into it.
In others news, this happened on New Zealand’s version of The X-Factor (poor New Zealand!!!)
Apparently, putting gel in your hair and wearing a suit is something that someone else came up with and thus, that person is the only person that can style themselves in that way until the end of eternity. Is that hipster logic? I get the sense they were looking to be front page news and just manufactured this tirade out of nowhere (or saw the contestant backstage and decided to say something) but yeah, cringe worthy barely even covers it.