Let's compare and contrast two recent celebrity scandals, shall we? In one corner, we have John Travolta, who was hit with lawsuits from two different male masseurs who claim he became sexually aggressive with them during massages -- and shortly thereafter, the rumors about his (allegedly) gay lifestyle were fueled yet again with an explosive interview with 62-year-old pilot Doug Gotterba, who claims he had a long-term relationship with the actor in the '80s. In the other corner, we have Kate Middleton, who was sunbathing topless on privacy property when she was photographed by an intrusive paparazzo with a massive telephoto lens.
Do these things seem the same to you? They sure don't to me, which is why I find it bizarre that Travolta said there should be a law protecting the privacy of people like himself and Middleton.
Travolta told the BBC in an interview broadcast on Friday that privacy laws should shield celebrities from the exposure Kate Middleton is dealing with, adding,
There is a right to privacy whether you're famous or not famous, and I feel that anyone being invaded at that level is unfortunate and there should be a law. No one would like that. It's the worst time to be famous.
I mean, okay, he didn't come right out and say that his situation was exactly like Kate's, but the implication is definitely there. What privacy law would protect him against people accusing him of sexual assault, I wonder? What privacy law would keep people from telling the media about their gay affairs with him?
I'm not saying John Travolta really is gay or that he really did act like a big pale sex-crazed gorilla with those massage guys, but the tabloid scrutiny he's been going through lately is completely different than Kate Middleton's topless photo mess. In Middleton's case, I agree, those photos were incredibly intrusive and immoral and downright crappy. In Travolta's case ... well, this stuff wasn't invented by the media. People came forward and made accusations, for crying out loud, and you can't stop that. Hell, even Carrie Fisher went on record saying that "everyone" knows about Travolta's sexual preferences:
My feeling about John has always been that we know and we don’t care. Look, I’m sorry he’s uncomfortable with it, that’s all I can say.
I'm sure Travolta has had a really tough year, and I don't envy him the embarrassment of being plagued by these scandals. But come on, a law protecting him? Maybe if a photographer catches him sexing up a masseur while hidden away at a secluded French chateau.
What do you think about Travolta's statements? Do you agree that he should have been protected by some sort of privacy law?
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