It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

The industry that created the “casting couch” is desperately trying to dramatize…well…the casting couch. This comes after a century of perpetuating the bizarre hazing ritual wherein those aspiring to fame and fortune at any cost either willingly or reluctantly sell yourselves – body, soul, and spirit – to the powers-that-be in the hopes of making those dreams come true.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

Those of us back home, in the real world, working “ordinary” jobs, all have at least one friend from school who tried to make it as an actor, or a model, or a rock star, only to make the dreaded walk of shame back to work once they found out that dream job was really a nightmare.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

We’ve all watched the movies and heard the tales of the almost-famous B-list celebrities who lost themselves to sex and drugs trying to “fit in” to a world where everyone is no one pretending to be someone.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

Nearly every movie has at least one scene that involves the exchange of bodily fluids, and the squeamish among us cringe as we watch and wonder how many takes they had to do to get that scene right, and what your real-live spouses think about all of this, and what you’re are willing to do off-camera, if you’re gleefully enjoy doing THAT in front of us.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

We’ve all seen veteran actors and actresses sneer at the younger ones during talk-show interviews, and heard you speak of “paying dues,” while shamelessly admitting that the main reason you are acting is because you aren’t qualified to do anything else. So, what dues did you pay, exactly?

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

Maybe you’ve been wildly successful in your world of make-believe. So successful that you begin to believe you actually are as clever as the parts you play. So successful that you begin to think you’re better than those who are paying to watch pretend. You’ve forgotten that we all know what you did to get where you are.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

So now, you’re playing the role of “brave victim,” and tearfully talking about how “ashamed” you are for keeping your secret for so long. You deliver lines scripted by your publicist, passionately claiming no knowledge of impropriety, feigning shock and surprise, passionately championing the plight of sexual assault victims everywhere, transparently vying a choice role in one of the upcoming movies about the latest producer’s fall from grace. Break a leg! Bravo!

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

Maybe you believe that we’re all going to feel sorry for what you had to sacrifice to achieve the fame and fortune you wanted at all cost. It’s true that most of us have strong feelings about what we’re seeing and reading in entertainment news recently. We feel incredulous that you actually believe that WE are the stupid ones. We feel disgust at your lack of respect for people who stay true to their morals and values and refuse to compromise. And yes, we do feel something for you, too – but it’s not sympathy. It’s pity.

It’s not a secret if everyone knows.

Abyss, by jennspoint
Abyss, by jennspoint

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