Breaking News! Celebs Doing Nice Things!

Category:  BloggERy
Tuesday, February 28th, 2012 at 1:30 PM
Breaking News! Celebs Doing Nice Things! by Ben Speggen
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Say what you will about Tim Tebow or Justin Bieber—don't worry, a huge part of me can't believe I just typed both of those names in one sentence either; I digress—but the two mega-celebrities seem to get it. And by it, I mean being a decent human being while we examine their every move under the glaring spotlight since privacy falls at the sacrificial altar of popularity.

Let’s face it: we have the tendency to pin our celebrities, wriggling on the wall, and fix our eyes to them, waiting to see how they finish out their days in the glowing light. And all too often we’re not hoping for the best since our culture seems inclined to celebrate the burnout over the fadeaway.

Wait, where was I before I started going all Eliot and Young on you there?

Oh, that’s right: Tebow and Bieber.

Now, as much as I’m not one to follow the newsfeeds swirling around either of these guys--and there's plenty of things they have done, are doing, and will do that we'll heavily criticize them for--I couldn’t help but notice two recent events that, well, made me feel good about the world.

First, on Valentine’s Day, Bieber spent the day with 6-year old, cancer-stricken fan.

Second, Tebow took 10-year-old fan suffering from a tumor condition on her first date ever.

Now, if you know me, you know that I’m rather quick to complain about the “if it bleeds, it leads” mentality in media. If you know me, you know that I’m also quick to gripe about the lack of “good” news being shared and focused on.

So whether you know me, give these stories a read—if you haven’t already—since I’m trying to do my part to share them with you in hopes that humanity after all feeds to wolf filled with love, kindness, humility, and self-control and not the one who’s angry, jealous, unforgiving, proud, and lazy.

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