That Time Barbra Streisand Went off Her Meds.
Pictured: Streisand’s new book. (Cover photo by Andrew Toth/ Getty)
Barbra, all these years you’ve built up the kind of street-cred where none of us thought you should be heavily medicated and locked up in an asylum. (I only wish I could say the same thing about the current presidential placeholder, but I digress…)
For over half a century, society has looked upon you to not say horrific things or defend child rapists. Up until now, you’ve done really well at this,… and then it all came crashing down.
Now, Barbra, I understand that you’re from a different generation that’s prone to things like “Babbling like a lunatic as GOD’s indication that it’s now finally time to put you into a rest home”. But, defending Michael Jackson because he did stuff like rape kids is not a great idea, for a LOT of reasons.
Oh, Barbra, saying “it didn’t kill them” about two guys who were raped as little boys and also saying they were “thrilled to be there” is so strange and insane I don’t even know where to start. Instead, I’ll attempt to inform you.
In the history of this country, it’s never, ever, ever, ever, ever, been more important to weigh the words we say.
A friend of mine, a brother in all but blood and a man I respect named Robert Slattery, once gave me this amazingly sage advice.
“Words are expensive.”
I’ve been told a lot of sentences during the course of my 48 years here on Earth, and that one affected me most and was the most important one.
I’ve carried it with me for the rest of my life and have seen the results when I’ve willingly ignored it.
It was true back when the man originally said it to me, all those years ago when we were both younger and prettier rock stars, — but over the past two years, the cost of words has truly skyrocketed.