We’ve become really dangerously entitled as an audience, and I feel like this is a unique kind of violation. A lot of reality stars have pushed the audience to believe that everything a celebrity has, they’re entitled to witness, and that’s just not true. Especially in the case of women in this industry. It’s very hard to be a woman in this industry. You look at someone like Jennifer Lawrence who’s already — literally — laid herself bare. And then we’re not satisfied. We want to see the private moments, we want to see the pictures that aren’t meant for us, the stuff that she took herself, because it’s not enough for us. That’s a fucked-up axiom to take on. I think theft is theft, and if you are peeking through somebody’s window and photographing them or stealing pictures off their phone, that’s stealing, and I don’t know when stealing became okay. But somehow because it’s celebrity, and because we’re all titillated by naked human beings, we’re all like, Oh, yeah, that’s acceptable. They owe us that. I just don’t think that’s right.
You’re talking about a different generation. You’re talking about a generation that was born inside social media. Look at the way that kids are representing themselves to each other. They give everything: They’re videotaping themselves, they’re photographing themselves; their every moment is shared with one another. So that’s a generation that doesn’t even understand the notion of withholding, the notion of modesty. But it’s just like anything, you just gotta educate people. Human beings are inherently decent, and if you correct them, you’ll take that course.”
“This is what happens when you live in dreams, he thought: you dream this and you dream that and you sleep right through your life.”
Sometimes I feel like my best writing appears in written conversations I have with people I love, both virtual and non-virtual. Maybe it’s a mixture of my mind’s spontaneity at my fingertips and an honest desire to make him/her understand as plainly as possible. Maybe it’s because I can’t use my hands as visuals, which are often kneading invisible conflict or slicing periods of time. It’s probably the latter. Regardless, there is a charm to written conversation that I treasure even though I hate on technology from time to time.