So We're Worldy, Evil Slaves.....But the Williams sisters, Prince, The entire Wayan's Brothers clan/ empire aren't? I don't mean to only point out black people in their group but these are the most famous ones. By comparison Mickey Spillane was a white guy who wrote a bunch of racy novels, but apparently was Teflon to admonition.
"When literary critics had a negative reaction to Spillane's writing, citing the high content of sex and violence, Spillane answered with a few terse comments: "Those big-shot writers could never dig the fact that there are more salted peanuts consumed than caviar... If the public likes you, you're good."(A direct quote from his Wikipedia)
You and I aren't on TV swearing at umpires. Dressing like a hooker playing tennis.
Making millions writing books and music with lots of overt sexual content. Or doing sex themed stage shows.
Or making downright filthy movies. Or have hundreds of youtube videos of me swearing and talking sex and drugs in my comedy routines.
Why even Tom Cruise and John Travolta aren't doing those things!
I really can't find members in that religion who famously do the bad things the celebrities I mentioned from the Witnesses do. Of course Scientology caters to their 'celebs'. But they also reign them in!
I'm also being told I shouldn't go to college. LIKE ALL THOSE CELEBRITIES DID. I certainly would be told not to go to a Prince concert! I would be disfellowshipped for swearing, once. I must dress properly.
Meanwhile Prince is knocking door to door preaching, while still being "Prince" He doesn't go by that symbol anymore, he still uses it constantly. He's never made a video that wasn't full of sexual symbolism. Michael Jackson was practically an alter boy by comparison. But got too famous, I guess?
But if you go ahead and do those things, and gain some fame, popularity...doesn't it seem like they'll ignore it, to have some special members?
The examples I used are all current members...The Williams girl just famously went off swearing on national TV.
It really does fit into my hierarchy beliefs about how the Jehovah Witnesses are allowing a great deal of bad behavior in more astute members. I think a lot of people see this within their own circles, to a lesser degree. Instead of an entertainer getting away with a lot, they see men getting away with things their wife's and kids get rebuked for.
In summation I guess Mickey Spillane said it correctly "If the public likes you..you're good"
One contradiction that really sticks out in my mind after researching this post? Growing up in the religion, Theresa Graves was held up in very high esteem for breaking away from the evil world of show business. Her trials and travails were discussed a great deal. She was basically put out as a very wanton woman who rejected all that upon joining the religion. She really condemned the behavior on a comedy show called Laugh In..in which she had minor roles.They made it out like she was a regular cast member, but what she really was, was a bikini clad go-go dancer who was on the show when Goldie Hawn wasn't able to appear. She was a guest on 8 out of 75 episodes. To put that into perspective John Wayne was on it 14 times! and didn't claim to be a cast member.
- ^ "Choosing Between Two Loves in My Life" as told by Teresa Graves, Awake!, April 22, 1977, page 19
So then what happens? The Wayans family has a variety show very similar to Laugh In! Called In Living Color. The escapades on that show make Laugh In look G rated. Could there be a better example of do what we say, not what we do in the entire world? So does anybody really believe after a shooting of In Living Color J'lo, Jim Carrey, Damon, Shawn, Marlon, Cris Rock, Rosie Perez all got together for a pray session? Yeah, OK.
One thing I want to point out before some impassioned person gets on here arguing. I won't argue passion with you. Just facts! What I have stated here are facts, not made up stuff. If you got some FACTS that dispute what I said, by all means present them.