Congressman Bob Etheridge of North Carolina has recently made the news in a most unfortunate way. He seems to have lost his cool in an embarrassing incident involving two college students. The students approached the Congressman as he was walking down the street, strangely asking him if he fully supports the Obama agenda. Insisting that the students identify themselves, the Congressman became aggressive and grabbed one of them by the wrist, then the neck, then wrestled him into a hug of sorts. All this, and more, as one of the students captured the ordeal on video, as shown on Breitbart.tv.
CNN says the video has “clearly been edited”, which it clearly has, and that the Congressman has been apologizing.
This isn’t the first confrontational incident that has come about in the realm of public figures, and likely won’t be the last. Some will recall the NBA game that basically turned into a brawl between basketball players and fans in the stands, as shown in this video from Spike.com. Basketball badboy Dennis Rodman has also been known to have a number of confrontations of his own on various occasions. Actor and director Sean Penn is another celebrity figure that was put in the spotlight last year for his attack on a photographer, as reported by TMZ.
Still, it does seem that the Congressman was not the celebrity put under attack in this most recent incident, but the brief mention of the President’s little campaign difficulty did ruffle him up somewhat. Oh, they left that part out of that edited video, did they? Well, never mind then.
The point is, there is clearly something going on behind the scenes here. The video that is being seen publicly is edited, so there really is no way of knowing what went on, without the truth being told by the two students involved, as well as the Congressman. Somehow, it is clear that this man had his buttons pushed at the end of a long, hard day, and was confused as to the identity of the two people who were filming him.
Overall, celebrities and public figures are subjected to tremendous amounts of stress, and must endure the trials and tribulations that come with such experience. It is the nature of the beast. Yet, it seems that no judgment is the best judgment to make in this situation. Everyone has a breaking point, yet few know what it takes to get to it until they are there.
This isn’t to say it is excusable, but who is really responsible here? Did two people harass this Congressman, or did he just blow up like this out of the blue? It just seems hard to believe that there isn’t more to this story than what most people are seeing.