Hey, everybody, remember the days when the village elders would make a woman wear a scarlet letter if she were an adulteress? I'm not sure what they did to the guy. Probably gave him a "talking to." Well, who needs village elders anymore? We've got Twitter and Facebook! Oh, thank goodness for the moral compass of our online pals who keep the world fresh and rosy and free from evildoers.
This weekend, they took down two sinners by the names of Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr. Jason is a famous country singer and Brittany is a not-so-famous country singer who was once on American Idol. And, oh my sweet lord, they flirted in a bar!!! Jason is married, y'all. Married!! We must avenge a woman we don't know and will never know! Yes, we must. Let's get on Twitter and Facebook and berate the sinners until they quit social media! Ahh, then the world can rest in peace.
The site of this horrific transgression was a Los Angeles bar on the Sunset Strip. The married Jason was in town for a show and met the comely scarlet woman Brittany after a few too many Jagermeisters. Whispers in ear, hand on buttocks, and even a kiss ensued. The horror ... the horror ...
Someone took pics of this outrage and sold them to TMZ. After TMZ posted them, Twitter and Facebook went WILD with opprobrium. Brittany was called the predicable "whore" and "homewrecker." Wrote someone on her FB wall: "I see you followed in the footsteps of LeAnn Rimes. Your family must be so proud!"
TMZ says that Jason didn't go digitally untorched either, but I don't see any rocks thrown at him on his FB wall. Perhaps someone removed them. At any rate, I'm sure Brittany got the worst of it. Her Twitter account has been shut down. For the record, sources say that Brittany had no idea Jason was married. And Jason apologized on his Facebook page, blaming the indiscretion on too much booze.
Technology really has become like the old stoning mobs of yore. At least it's better than being literally stoned. But still, being figuratively stoned cannot be fun. Especially when you don't know if a few of these digital "stoners" will decide to bring their hate into reality. It can be scary.
If you're ever tempted to post judgmental nastiness online, ask yourself one question: Instead of doing this, is there something I could do instead to improve my life? At the end of the day, does it affect you whether Jason kissed some girl in a bar?
If you despise cheating of any sort (hey, I am not fan of it myself), then do something, like, say, make your husband feel loved tonight. Get off the computer and greet him with a big kiss and a sexy smile. Send out some love to someone you know rather than hate to people you don't.
Do you think the online hate sent to Brittany was deserved?
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