I took a week off from Moss Island and didn’t record a podcast either. The world kept turning. Riots in Baltimore, candidates pandering, more Cosby accusers, Antonin Scalia mentally composing ways to say “The founders never intended to allow gay marriage…” Social media posts and tweets and shares all insisting, “If only everybody in the world could be just like me things would be wonderful.” And the New York Times wrote a piece about toilet seat bidets.

…do we hold celebrities to a higher standard? I don’t think so. Think of local scandals you’re familiar with – the minister who ran off with the church secretary, the legislator who took a bribe, the teacher who had an affair with a student. Probably none of these were held to a lower standard than the celebrity who did something similar. In many ways, the celebrity enjoys more support than the less famous person does. But our understanding of the nuances of a local situation becomes more sophisticated, less black-and-white, because we’ve considered similar issues in popular culture.