I don’t watch Craig Ferguson very often. His show is on TV after I’ve fallen asleep. But the few times I’ve seen him, I’ve enjoyed his humor (and I’m always a sucker for that accent).
Well, Ferguson got serious in a show earlier this year (in February, around the time Brittany Spears shaved her head), and his monologue about it is now up on YouTube. It’s twelve and a half minutes long and worth watching. While there are moments of humor, he’s speaking from the heart here and he tells the truth about recovery.
For readers of my novel Beyond the Shadows, it’s no secret that my life has been affected by the alcoholism of a loved one. And because of it, it makes me crazy when the tabloids make it sound as if going off to rehab is some sort of special club and at the end of 28 days all will be better. It’s a lie, and it gives the public and celebrities alike a false sense of the future.
His monologue is also a good reminder that Brittany Spears and Lindsey Lohan and Paris Hilton are real people with real feelings and real problems. They may be behaving badly and need to be held responsible for their bad/stupid behavior (I have Zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated and I don’t think that the rich and famous should get special treatment), but we would do well to guard our words and thoughts and judgments.
Anyway, take 12:30 minutes to watch this.