Friday Firesmith – The Sins of Captain Jack Sparrow and Mera

Back in 2015, Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, smuggled their dogs into Australia and were busted. They made an apology video that was both cringy and hysterically funny at the same time. It was a portent of things to come, and things that were, so no one should have been shocked when these two wound up in court, fighting over which one was worse person than the other.

Why they were in court, the reality of the case, or cases, I cannot tell you. I simply do not care. These are two people, both rich, both famous, both with serious drinking problems, both with egos that need to be stroked, and both screaming at one another about something or the other, is it really that important?

Gosh, Mike, you’re sitting there writing about these folks, I guess in some way you’ve gotten sucked into the vortex, too, huh?

Hmmm, good point.

Celebrity spats rarely draw my attention, but Depp and I go back a bit. He was in Platoon, 1986, as a minor character, but that movie was stunning in its intensity. I can’t think of anything Heard has ever done that I’ve seen, but I’m sure her career is going to take a hit.

The reality of the personal lives of famous people is rarely beautiful. Nick Nolte’s mugshot for drunk driving is scary looking, and it won’t take you long to Google up a dozen of so sport stars and Oscar winners who were drunk and stupid. Or drunk and violent. Or just drunk.

A DUI is worse for a quarterback or a lead singer, than for a defensive lineman or a drummer, I would think. Getting into a public debacle via the courtroom would make a woman look worse than a man, especially if she did some things that were, uh, better left in the bathroom. But neither of these people are going to wind up on the streets or working as waitstaff at a local restaurant. Shame, really, for working as waitstaff is a lesson in humanity, and a person could learn a lot by dealing with ungrateful customers.  However, I cannot help but believe this event can be monetized, for notoriety has never broken anyone in Hollywood Land.

Marriage is difficult even for normal people with normal problems. I’ve had friends who made things in their lives much worse by dragging their woes out on social media, and it is hard, very hard, to get the genie back in the bottle once people with no skin in the game start yammering for blood. It’s ugly for people who are famous, and it’s ugly for those who are not.

There’s a lesson to be learned from this train wreck of a court case, this tragic love story gone down in filth and greed, ego and alcohol, screaming and blood. You want fame or attention, you may very well get it, and get more than you ever wanted when you do.

Take Care,


Mike writes regularly at his site:  The Hickory Head Hermit.

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