Terminating the Terminator
I loved Arnold. I loved his mis-pronunciations and his calling opponents “girly men.” I saw all his movies, even when he couldn’t act at all and the movie was bad. I even continued to love him as he brought California further into the fiscal sewer (it couldn’t have been his fault). I thought he was an all-around American with good values. A down-to-earth guy who was true blue, at least, that’s what I thought. Turns out, he’s Caligula, says Time.
Too many in the media have spun excuses for him, but there really isn’t any excuse good enough, short of him having a brain tumor. Maybe it was too much sun or maybe he has a sexual addiction or maybe he’s just a louse. I’m betting on the latter myself. Some in the media are trying to paint the mother of the love child as a siren who chased him into it. Maybe they are Arnold’s paid PR people saying it (they must be working 22 hour days lately). Time has the best excuse, if by “best,” one means assinine. This excuse has been spun before and it’s another version of, oh, well, he’s a man. Arnold is Caligula!
The excuse is (drum roll here), the Caligula Effect. According to Time, “Human males have never been thought of as models of sexual restraint — and with good reason. From the moment the adolescent libido begins to boot up, boys seem to enter an ongoing state of emotional — if not literal — priapism, from which they never fully emerge.” My question – is it priapism or ape-sim? Read the nonsense here: Caligula Made Me Do It
The real answer isn’t some deep psychological one and it has nothing to do with Caligula. Even the simplest of us – and probably better understood by the simplest of us – get it. Arnold and people like him have poor character. I’m not sure how Arnold will even get back into movies because people “get it.” Arnold could end up a pariah like Mel Gibson, but who knows when it comes to the movies. I’m not condoning any type of boycott – I don’t believe in them – but sometimes people get so turned off, it happens. Is it time to admit that there is something to be said for standing up for basic values?
Maria Shriver has hired a top divorce lawyer (Laura Wasser) and the kids are tweeting things like, Life is Sh$% but I love my family; tough times, we’ll get through it. I find this heartbreaking. Maria Shriver’s reaction was what we’d all do of course – she ran off to do Oprah (irony here). I am not sure what to think about Maria Shriver, but I’ll withhold judgment until I see the show. And what about the illegitimate child who thought someone else was his father? Did he know and when did he know it? I can think of all kinds of conflicts that could arise from those scenarios.
Arnold said he found out about the love child when the child was a toddler, however, he’s been paying support for the child since he was born (check TMZ for more details). He and the child’s mother, Mildred Patricia Baena, had sex romps in his home. She worked for the family for 20 years so she’s somewhat the betrayer also. Her child supposedly looks like Arnold (merely a curious aside). To make matters worse, the child was born within weeks of his youngest child with Maria Shriver. All this happened before he was the Governator and before he had his wife go out in public and tell the world that he would not cheat or sexually harass young women.
Okay, he cheated, he lied, he said that he loved them (I know it’s a song)…he is sneaky and he deceived more than his family. He was the Governor and the 71% who didn’t like him when he left office might be right!