Coffee Talk: The Crime Story Edition 4 comments

Coffee Talk {living outside the stacks}

I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. I’m listening to the second season of Serial. And I have to admit, I wasn’t at all interested in this season: Bowe Bergdahl. I had absolutely no interest in listening to this guy try to defend his actions. As a vet and a military brat, the idea of someone deserting his or her post is beyond comprehension. I don’t care what the reasoning.

But, here I am, listening to Bowe’s story and all I can think is: this is a man who never should’ve been allowed in the military. He’s immature at best and delusional at worst. If the stories about his pre~military life are to be believed {and I’m not sure why they shouldn’t be, given the sources}, this guy never ever should’ve been allowed to serve. He washed out in Basic Training for the Coast Guard for unspecified psych issues. That should’ve been enough to keep him out of the Army.

Just listening to the podcast and hearing Bergdahl speak, I can’t help but to think this isn’t his fault. He was a kid living in a fantasy world and when the reality of the Army hit him, he just couldn’t deal, so he walked. And he should be punished for that. One cannot simply walk away from one’s post. But he never should’ve been in that place from the start.

I also question the airing of the show. I mean, the case against Bergdahl hasn’t even been adjudicated yet.

2. I will not talk about the circus that was the GOP Debate. I will not talk about the circus that was the GOP Debate.

3. Y’all, Malcolm Jamal Warner laid it all out on the line in his interview with The Grio and I cannot help but to sip my coffee, nod my head, and agree with e’erything he said. I am not a defender of Bill Cosby but the take down has been real. Especially when you consider Roman Polanski raped a teenager, Woody Allen is just creepy in every sense of the word, and Stephen Collins admitted on tape to some weirdness with a child. Yet, they’re still being celebrated as great filmmakers. And Seventh Heaven is still in syndication.

While I support Warner’s assertions, I’m completely torn as to what The Cosby Show legacy should be. I just know that I feel like my family has been hurt. And I don’t like it.


So, talk to me, what’s going on in your world,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}





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  • Juanita

    I agree with you on all points.

    I personally am sick of the cruel, hateful things that people are saying about all the politicians. It’s so mean-spirited and I am sick of it all…and it accomplishes nothing.

    I agree with MJW. I believe there’s a racial thing going on here…what else could it be?

    But, on another note…what to do when someone I admired for their work falls off that pedestal? I shouldn’t put them up there to begin with! I have to remember that everybody has done something in their life that is wrong…some worse than others (to our human minds) and most not revealed yet, but to God it’s all wrong and equally separating from Him. “There is none righteous, no not one.” In light of that, if we were to negate a beautiful painting, or a great book, or a talented singer because the person behind it turns out to not be without sin, then we would not have those things to appreciate and enrich our lives. The Cosby Show was good..funny, endearing, human. Same with 7th Heaven. But the dads in those shows were doing a very fine acting job, weren’t they? So fine we thought they were like that in real life. Turns out they’re not but that doesn’t change the fact that those are good shows to watch. Every good painting, good song, good book, good movie has an imperfect (bad) human being behind it…that doesn’t/shouldn’t cancel out the validity of those things.

    • Politics has always had a smarmy side but it has become positively disgusting this cycle. I think part of it has to do with the popularization of reality TV. People don’t care about issues, they care about personality. And, unfortunately, the guy with the biggest personality is winning.

      It’s so hard to separate the person from their craft/art. But that’s just it: Cosby was acting, the others were acting/directing. We weren’t seeing the real them. And, often times, I’m finding that when we do see the real people they’re not nearly as lovable as the characters they portray on TV….

  • Well hey there. I am just walking through the teenage years over here. Praying and wondering what to address and what to let alone. So any tips offline would be appreciated. We could email. Happy Sunday to you and yours!!