I’m sure everyone has heard about Ted Williams, the homeless man turned famous by a Youtube video.
I just wanted to share my feelings on the subject. I’m all for someone getting a second chance, and I wish Ted the best. However, I have to say I was very disappointed in the whole media blitz and in Dr. Phil’s interview with him.
When I first heard about a homeless man with the rich baritone voice whose YouTube video had gone viral, I felt happy for this man who had been discovered. Then when I heard he had been offered all kinds of jobs, homes and free medical procedures, I thought how nice it would be if that kind of generosity could be spread out and shared among a number of unfortunate individuals.
Next I heard that Ted had previously been a radio announcer and had gotten caught up in drugs and alcohol. This changed my whole opinion of the story. He wasn’t some homeless man whose hidden talent got discovered and brought him out of poverty. He’d been successful and made some very bad choices which put him in his predicament.
I watched Ted Williams on Dr. Phil and was further disillusioned with the situation. Here was a man who lied to the public about his sobriety and was reluctant to accept Dr. Phil’s help of the best drug rehabilitation program in the country. Although I still wish him the best, the notoriety is not quite deserved in my opinion.
I know so many families who are struggling because of loss of job, loss of home due to failed mortgage companies or little or no health insurance and none of it is their fault. My heart goes out to these individuals who are struggling to take care of themselves and their families.
Along the same thoughts, I have met a number of very talented authors and artists who are working eight-to-five jobs but also working hard at their talents, hoping to be discovered. And they deserve it. But why doesn’t it happen to them? Why Ted Williams? Why Justin Bieber? Why Twilight author Stephenie Meyer? Why pet rocks or singing fish plaques?
Don’t ask me. I don’t have the answer. But I do know that God is fair and just and that He knows all things. Also, “Now it is better that a man should be judged of God than of man, for the judgments of God are always just, but the judgments of man are not always just.” ~Mosiah 29:12
Just because a certain person or certain item draws the attention of the media, doesn’t mean that it is deserved.
What do you think?