The other day some friends and I were talking about people falling from grace. In particular, we were talking about the fall of Lance Armstrong – some of the people felt that the truth is the most important thing, and we should only draw our inspiration from “untainted” accomplishments; while others felt that the myth of Lance Armstrong was more important than the reality, and would have rather just not have learned the truth. In other words, to paraphrase The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence, “When the legend became fact, we should have stuck with the legend.”
*Side note: I realize nothing conclusive has been proven, merely that Armstrong ceased fighting the charges. His titles, though, have been stripped and there’s certainly a presumption of guilt.
This brought out other people – like this Elmo puppeteer guy – as well as people we just really, really, really hope are good people. People we never want to see tarnished, or if they are in fact jerks, we just don’t want to know. People like Conan O’Brian, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Keanu Reeves. People who’ve accomplished amazing things, or are just generally known as incredibly good, kind-hearted people.
So who’s on your list? For the Weekly Question of the Week: Who out there – celebrity or scientist, writer or philanthropist – do you just really, really hope never has some image-destroying scandal? Or even, if they are in fact awful, you’d just rather not know?