I have been thinking (see the smoke?). Some people post here about the
personal lives of skaters (who is dating who, who is straight, gay, who
deflowers sheep by the light of the silvery moon, etc.) and for the most
part, they are discouraged. But still we inquire, don't we? Look at the
recent post regarding Dorothy Hamill. We've analyzed Tonya, Nancy and
Oksana to death. Look at the posts regarding Scott Hamilton and why
supposedly he is the way he is (childhood illnesses, loss of his mom at
an early age, the cancer scare he survived), even when Barbara Underhill
lost her daughter or when Liz Punsalan's father was shot and killed. Isn't
this what we do to other athletes (OJ, Michael Jordan, Pete Rose) and
countless actors and entertainers? Isn't that because the skaters are like
celebs to us? When is the line truly crossed?
Isn't it just as intrusive to analyze Dorothy Hamill's insecurities as a
lady skater and a woman as it is to analyze a skater's love life? What is
the real difference?
I so very much admire skaters and what they do, as do most of the posters
here. I think maybe it's natural to want to know more about them. So is
it really wrong to discuss these things? It seems that we draw the line
when it comes to *** orientation. We all can assume, but no one
really knows for sure, and to be honest, that part doesn't interest me.
When Orser was outed, you could have knocked me other with a feather
because I never would have guessed, and once I found out, it hardly made
a dent in the opinion I had formed of him. But of course it was
interesting and gossipy, and I talked with my skating friends about it.
But in the end, I was more interested in his ice-dancing type moves than
who he slept with.
We talk about Oksana's drinking habits, Scott's homophobia, Emanuel's
instability (alleged, some think he's just lazy.), Katia's parental
skills. Even though gossip about skaters is somewhat discouraged, we still
talk about it. In conclusion, I think it's just natural to want to know
more about people I admire.
What constitutes gossip and what doesn't?
Rex, an inquiring mind who wants to know.