It's not polite to scream in public. I mean, you'll either scare folks or the people in white coats will come with the big net and take you away. That said, I am dying to go to a place filled with twentysomethings, climb on top of a table and cry out, “stop being so stupid!'
Not everyone born after 1985 is a dummy but a good number seem extremely naÃ¯ve when it comes to how our world works. At some point in their education they looked at the Cliffs Notes for the U.S. Constitution and gleaned a few highlights. Not enough to really know what's in our founding document, but enough to spout off and get themselves in trouble. Case in point is a TV reporter you never heard of named Shea Allen.
Allen worked as a reporter at WAAY television in Hunstville, Alabama. I say “worked' because her bosses fired her the other day. It wasn't anything she did on the air, it was a blog she wrote on the side.
For reasons beyond comprehension Allen thought it would be funny and edgy to take viewers behind the curtain and tell them things they didn't know about her and I'm sure didn't want to. Things like, “I've gone bra-less during a live broadcast' and “I'm frightened of old people and refuse to do stories involving them or the places they reside.' My personal favorite is, “I've taken naps in the news car.' A close second would be her post that said quite devilishly, “I've stolen mail and then put it back. Maybe.' I mean what boss wouldn't want to see one of their employees bragging about sleeping on the job or breaking federal law?
What's more remarkable than this cerebral hemorrhage, which only can be described as of one part hubris and two parts stupidity, is her reaction after her bosses read it and canned her. She told the media, “I feel what I do in my personal space is protected by the First Amendment.'
You are absolutely correct, Shea, but your bosses didn't file a lawsuit to have your website taken down. That would be a violation of your First Amendment rights. They just fired you, which they are perfectly justified in doing when you publicly humiliate them.
Did I mention she is only four years out of college?
The age is important I think because I've seen this growing problem of entitlement from some in this latest generation of young adults. Shea Allen is the poster child for this. "I can do and say whatever I want and there are no consequences."
The reality is there is always fallout from the things we do and say even when you are a cute redhead (as Allen boasted on her website.) Reality check; even beautiful people can be handed an empty cardboard box and shown the door.
This woman is not alone. The things I see people post on Facebook are shocking. I wonder, do they not realize any potential employer can click on their page and form a first and lasting impression about them? Oh, and if you think the things you post are private, for your friends eyes only, you are kidding yourself.
We do enjoy some incredible freedoms in this wonderful country of ours, but understand they all come with a price. Trash the boss or run your mouth, and if the wrong person sees or hears it, you'll be enjoying a new kind of freedom — the one found on the unemployment line. If you truly think you have freedom of speech, go into a bar, find the biggest, meanest guy and tell him you think his girlfriend is ugly. See how that works out for you.
I'm sorry this young lady lost her job, but this story should have a happy ending. I say this with great confidence because I looked at her website, and instead of a section called “photos' or “gallery,' Allen's is titled “cameras like me,' and it's filled with lots of gorgeous photos of her.
When that kind of unbridled confidence is unleashed on a superficial world, I have no doubt Allen will land on her feet in no time.
I just hope her boss isn't an old person. That would be, like, totally creepy to her.