Celebrities have taught me three things:
- Do not photograph your naughty bits. These images WILL be leaked on the internet, as Scarlett Johannsson recently learned.
- The same applies to sexting people that are not your legal spouse/ publicly acknowledged partner. DELETE those SMSes, you stupid mo fo! Tiger Woods is one of many idiotic celebs, as well as the ironically named US politician Anthony Weiner (who tweeted someone a pic of, yes, his weiner), that were brought down by their cyber trail.
- DO NOT TAKE DRUGS. That is the last lesson celebs have imparted on my malleable grey matter. Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen both showed me definitively that drugs are not good for your brain, as I wrote about a while ago.
I found the above image while looking for a picture of Charlie Sheen. The man on the bottom is one of the most hardcore journalists ever – Hunter S. Thompson.
Hunter S. Thompson. Inventor of Gonzo journalism: in which the journalist is incredibly involved and even part of the story: manic first person. He wrote ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’, a book which became a movie starring Johnny Depp. It is beautifully written and I recommend that anyone who loves language should read this.
He took drugs, drank a lot, shot at things – he was a wild man living a wild life who wrote beautifully.
He shot himself in the head in 2005, going out with, to use a hackneyed phrase, not a whimper but a bang.
He also said some crazy, wise shit: