by Karen Frazier, Managing Editor
Paranormal Underground Magazine
For the past few weeks, I’ve been watching a thread in our forums that discusses Donna LaCroix’s recent interview with the Ghost Divas in which many believe she made startling revelations about her time on the uber popular SciFi television show, Ghost Hunters. Donna herself has made a few appearances in the thread to talk about the situation. People are fired up.
It has been, beyond a shadow of a doubt, the most popular thread we’ve ever had in our modest forum. That makes me sad.
I’ve avoided blogging about the whole Donna thing thus far for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it’s always difficult to know what really went on. There’s what one person perceived to happen, what another person perceived to have happened, what the public perceived to have happened (and let’s be realistic – there are as many perceptions in the public as there are people), and what really happened. That’s one reason, but there’s another, as well.
There’s amazing stuff to talk about in the paranormal world – and almost all of it has nothing to do with what’s on paranormal television. It’s a huge universe with lots of unknowns to ponder and discuss – from the existence of ghosts to the existence of God. What are the investigators in the field discovering these days? Are there new methods that seem to work? What is an EVP, really? What’s going on with people who believe they have been abducted by aliens? How can scientific methods be applied to the field? What role should anecdotal evidence play in the study of the paranormal? Do human beings have souls? What happens when we die?
Those are just a few that I have come up with off of the top of my head in 10 seconds or less. There are thousands more just like it, and if you really stop to think about it, aren’t those much more thought provoking conversations to have than what Donna said to the Ghost Divas about her time on a television show?
I have nothing against Donna. I have nothing against paranormal television. I just think we have better things to talk about. I’m guessing (although I don’t want to put words into her mouth) that Donna would say the same.
It’s sort of analogous to what’s going on in the wonderful world of golf these past few days. I am a huge golf fan (although a TERRIBLE golfer, which doesn’t stop me from trying). I actually like to watch golf on television, read golfing blogs and magazines and more. There are a ton of things to talk about with golf that are important to every golfer, and yet none of them have a thing to do with Tiger Woods’ sex life. But guess what’s dominating the golf blogs right now? Nothing that’s going to help me improve my short game, that’s for sure.
Our culture has an intense fascination with celebrity. Whenever there is the slightest celebrity misstep, we stop talking about the things that matter and start chortling with glee over the latest star to come crashing down out of the sky. And yet, how many people have never misspoken? How many have never made a single misstep in their lives that, if they were a celebrity, might not just be the next big scandal? Who has lived a blameless life? And, in your most intensely painful moments when you do flub up, how would it feel to have that happen in the media spotlight with thousands – or even millions – looking on and commenting about something that they truly know nothing about? I don’t even like to have five people observe my mistakes – so to think about hundreds, thousands or millions? I can’t even imagine it.
Tiger Woods is a golfer. Donna LaCroix is a paranormal investigator. In my opinion, that’s where the spotlight should end. They do what they do for reasons that are their own – and I would imagine that those reasons originally started with a passion for their pursuit. It’s just that somewhere along the way, the spotlight shined in and every corner of their lives became cause for scrutiny.
Yes – I realize that many would make the argument that they invite celebrity. They are public figures. We have a right to discuss them. Fair enough. Just remember this as you do. We never know where our passionate pursuit of something may lead us. When we find what we love to do, we all grab on with both hands and ride the wave wherever it takes us. That is almost always not to fame and fortune – but sometimes it is. Imagine your life under a microscope. Imagine your life with a huge spotlight shining on you and millions of eyes gleefully watching for your first misstep.
No one leads a blameless life. Certainly I don’t. Personally, I am a hugely flawed human being. I’m guessing that doesn’t make me much different than anyone else. I’ve been caught in the act of being human more than once, and it doesn’t feel great. When I see people get caught up in the act of being human with millions of eyes on them, I can only come up with one thought. There, but for the grace of God (or whomever you believe in) go I.
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