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Bill Burr and the mis-education of rich men

by Greg Krehbiel on 23 January 2018

According to Bill Burr, the average fellow working at Home Depot driving the forklift doesn’t leave work at the end of the day and find 25 bikini-clad Norwegian models hanging off the bumper of his Ford Escort, just dying for a date.

Tiger Woods does.

And, from what I’ve heard, some women have done pretty well for themselves going down to spring training and hanging out by the fences.

Let’s be honest. It’s a career choice that has served some women very well.

Most guys aren’t even remotely prepared for this.

I remember hearing a story about a freshly minted rock and roll star who asked Mick Jagger for advice. He said that after his concerts, a few gorgeous naked women would show up at his hotel room door. He asked Jagger what to do about it. (Jagger said to go with it until it gets boring.)

It’s all well and good for me to sit back and judge the rich guy who committed some indiscretion, but I’m like the guy at Home Depot. I don’t have flocks of gorgeous women falling all over me. I can’t send my secret service detail to tell the attractive young thing that the governor would like to speak with you. And I can’t send my lawyers in to clean it up with hush money.

This is, for good or ill, the way the world works.

I am not saying this to justify any of these guys. But … Bill Burr has a good point. Most of us have no idea what it’s like, and we’re not in a position to judge.

What’s the solution? Do rich guys need some sort of class on how to deal with this? Do the rest of us have to get comfortable with this unfair division of … riches? Do women need to be kept under lock and key?

I don’t have a solution, but I think it’s pretty well guaranteed that bourgeois sensibilities will never be adopted by the upper class.

2018-01-23  »  Greg Krehbiel

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  1. Dave Krehbiel Dave Krehbiel
    23 January 2018 @ 9:39 am

    This post reminded me of a couple of quotes:

    Feminism was established so as to allow unattractive women access to the mainstream of society. Rush Limbaugh

    Men say, the first thing they notice about women is their eyes. Women say, the first thing you notice about men is that they are a bunch of liars. – unknown

    Personally, the thing which amazes me is the way women are frequently spoken about by female news reporters. In many cases, it’s something bad has happened to a woman, the news reporter will refer to the person and being lovely or beautiful or something. Why would they say such a thing? If something bad happens to a person, whether man or woman, why is their appearance relevant?

  2. William
    23 January 2018 @ 10:31 am

    I guess it’s true…timing is everything. I’m sure Bill Clinton, in his day, would have loved to have received such “understanding” and “non judgement” about the burden of dalliances.

  3. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    23 January 2018 @ 10:34 am

    @William, you seem to be making the assumption that there are only a few people — say, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump — who have ever had their careers threatened or ruined by such stories. Anyone who has been following the news recently knows that this is a far bigger issue than just those two, and that the issue is far bigger than just politics.

  4. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    23 January 2018 @ 10:35 am

    @Dave, yes, there is a big gap between the way women say women should be treated and the way women treat women.

  5. William
    23 January 2018 @ 10:52 am

    @Greg, you seem to be making some assumptions of your own. I speculated Clinton would likely have loved such contemporary sensibilities. Yet, that in no way implied I was limiting such to him. ANY man who’s caught with his hands in the cookie jar would relish in such sympathies. That said, I do find the timing and evolution of such understanding interesting.

  6. smitemouth
    23 January 2018 @ 10:58 am

    It’s amazing what lengths the evangelical leaders will go to excuse Trump… Franklin Graham, Tony Perkins, Falwell Jr., Jeffress …

  7. Greg Krehbiel Greg Krehbiel
    23 January 2018 @ 11:04 am

    @SM, Yes. It’s similar to feminists justifying Bill Clinton.

    Both sides do this. They claim to have values, but they compromise them when it’s convenient.

  8. William
    23 January 2018 @ 11:07 am

    @sm, unfortunately, I’d have to agree. This is the same community that righttully decried the sins of others and touted character matters. I still remember the great hue and cry the day the Starr report of released. Now, it’s stunning to hear some of the equivocation or not hear anything at all.

  9. William
    23 January 2018 @ 11:12 am

    CORRECTED: @sm, unfortunately, I’d have to agree. This is the same community that rightfully decried the sins of others and touted character matters. I still remember the great hue and cry the day the Starr report was released. Now, it’s stunning to hear some of the equivocation or not hear anything at all.

  10. William
    23 January 2018 @ 10:54 pm

    What do you know, Franklin Graham was interviewed on CNN tonight…that was a shipwreck to watch.

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