Friday, May 28, 2010

The Importance of Displaying Respect In Public Or Personal Arenas

It cannot be ignored that Gary Coleman's passing transpired only a short time after his appearance on an entertainment "news" program during which he suffered a seizure. Or how in May 1999, Dana Plato, Gary's troubled co-star from "Diff'rent Strokes," committed suicide following an unsettling radio appearance with a certain "shock jock" as host. The point is: We can no longer ignore the fact that hurtful, mean-spirited, public and/or personal attacks have devastating and sometimes fatal consequences. This is why I have formed associations like The Classic TV Preservation Society and Your Brave New Hollywood - to gather like-minded individuals who understand just how important it is to treat one another with respect, whether or not we are in the public eye - and whether or not we are in a position to create, produce, direct, write or star in quality family programming. In either case, we should embrace integrity in all that we do and treat one another...the frail and the strong...with respect at all times. That said, God bless you, Gary. You were a great talent who brought great joy to the world. And we know you now join us in forgiving those who do not know any better than to feel and display anything less than loving-kindness.

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