Christopher Bantick wrote a concerned piece about Bindi. The first two comments don’t agree with his–which was just posted.
People seem to feel that they know celebrities because they see them so often in the media. I blogged about my concerns over Bindi’s stage presence soon after the loss of her father and said that ultimately it is Terri Irwin’s call as to how she raises her child. What I find interesting is that everyone has an opinion and many thrash out at those with the one that disagrees, in this case a minority opinion when compared to the masses.
The professional scuttlebutt in many circles is that it is best to stay mute about such matters based on the backlash and unwillingness of the masses to hear anything that goes against the popular opinion. What a shame. I recently had a behaviorist ask me what I thought about Croc Hunter series and such matters–she breathed a sigh of relief to hear what I had to say and explained why she and others were staying mute.
What ever happened to free speech and the right to voice an opinion? Many companies or schools spend more time bending over backwards for the minority because they don’t want to be sued instead of on educating and managing kids.
Now if you have an unpopular opinion you get attacked instead of dialoging and exploring WHY the opinion is different–people don’t seem to want to consider any other options these days.
On the animal training and management front it is the same thing. Popular opinion versus professional opinion. The domestic animal realm suffers from it when people still use archaic techniques instead of opening up to newer ones.
Okay, enough of a rant today!