People Struggle With Depression; It Doesn’t Matter How Famous They Are – an article by Z. Schonfeld

People Struggle With Depression; It Doesn’t Matter How Famous They Are – an article by Z. Schonfeld

After [singer] Chester Bennington’s Death, Suicide Experts Fear A Contagion Effect

Excerpts:

Depression can affect anybody.

That’s the lesson suicide prevention experts hope the public will grasp in the wake of two high-profile celebrity suicides: first Chris Cornell, and now Chester Bennington. “Your mental health is health,” says Jill Harkavy-Friedman, the vice-president of research at the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. “If you have a nice car and a lot of money, that doesn’t protect you from mental health conditions.”

Bennington, the longtime frontman of nu-metal megaband Linkin Park, was found dead on Thursday at his home in Los Angeles County. The death is reported to have been a suicide. The late singer’s bandmate, Mike Shinoda, confirmed the upsetting news on Twitter.

….The most pervasive—and often damaging—misconception is that wealthy or successful people don’t (or shouldn’t) struggle with depression and anxiety. Like cancer, depression is a disease that can affect anyone, regardless of status or wealth.

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Celebrity, Fame, and Fortune Don’t Always Guarantee Happiness and Fulfillment

Celebrity, Fame, and Fortune Don’t Always Guarantee Happiness and Fulfillment

I sometimes wonder about people who believe that becoming famous, sexy, or wealthy will make their life easier, better, or happier.

I don’t think fame and fortune are all that they are cracked up to be.

Some of the most pitiful, lonely, miserable people in the world are the people who are supposed to have it all, our society tells us: the good-looking, wealthy, and famous.

About every biography and article I read about a celebrity reveals that in spite of all their wealth and fame (or sex appeal, if they are known for that), they are deeply unhappy.

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Actor Chris O’Dowd is a Great Big Jerk – Not Adorable, Not Nice, and No, Not Sexy

Actor Chris O’Dowd is a Great Big Jerk

I will say from the start this is going to be one very long post, though there is a TLDR (Too Long Didn’t Read) intro below.

I’ve never had a talent for being concise. This is something you may want to bookmark and read the rest later.

In a 2012 interview with GQ, which you can read here, actor Chris O’Dowd says:

“I don’t know, maybe there is something in female writing that I’m attracted to.”

Well, then, he should really love my blog posts about him.

(As of April 2017, I edited my last post about O’Dowd and his terrible movie role choices to toss in a few other things about the guy which annoy me – most of the new content is towards the bottom of that post. Don’t forget the other post I did where I dissected his low-key variety of sexism.)

The movie ‘Bridesmaids’ was first shown in movie theaters in the year 2011, but I did  not see it until I caught it for the first time on cable TV in spring or summer of 2015.

Sad Face Emoji In this movie, actor Chris O’Dowd played a nice guy named “Nathan Rhodes” who worked as a cop (a state trooper, specifically), and Kristen Wiig, who ended up being his love interest, played down-on-her-luck “Annie Walker.”

Actor Jon Hamm played the sexist creep dirt bag “Ted,” who was using Annie for sex.

This movie was more than just a movie for me when I saw it on TV in 2015. I saw this movie at a very low point in my life, and it helped to cheer me up – for a time, at least.


TLDR

Too Long, Didn’t Read summary:

I saw the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie on cable TV after undergoing (and still undergoing) some very upsetting events in my life, including the death of my mother, who was a very loving person and who was also a Republican and a devout Christian.

I found the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie encouraging at a low point in my life.

I wanted to learn more about the movie, and the people who made it and acted in it, so I did research about it on the internet, including interviews with actor Chris O’Dowd, who played the nice guy in the film (the role of the cop, Rhodes).

From what I saw, in real life, O’Dowd insults and ridicules Republicans and people of faith and concepts they believe in (such as prayer) on his Twitter account and in some interviews he’s given.

O’Dowd is into kind of vulgar or slightly sexist humor in real life, as well, which is a turn off to me – I prefer men who behave like gentlemen and who treat women with respect.

I was stunned and saddened to discover that the guy who played such a friendly, pleasant guy in the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie is, in real life, rather rude and condescending towards other people he doesn’t even know – specifically, he’s rude and insulting towards conservatives, Republicans, or theists.

One result of this is that I can no longer really enjoy watching the movie any more.


MY BACKGROUND

I’ll explain my background here, (and I’m sorry it’s going to be quite long), so you can understand my position better, before I state some of my grievances with O’Dowd much farther below, because my background plays a part in my disappointment with O’Dowd and some of the other people associated with this film.

MY MOM’S HEALTH

My mother died a few years before I saw the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie on television, and my mother’s death was the most painful and heart-breaking thing I’ve ever had to endure.

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