When I first saw the video of Ted Williams and saw the response on the internet, I was touched like a lot of people were. It’s cool to see someone given a little help in this day and age and, if a video could help get him a job and maybe back on his feet, that would be awesome.
But by day two, I was worried. Because the internet and the media just seemed to grab a hold of the man and I had a feeling that things were going to go very, very wrong.
It didn’t take long. Buzzfeed linked an article today that Ted Williams is checking into rehab.
Gee. You take a man from the streets. A man who likely had issues in his life that left him homeless and estranged from his family — and you shove all sorts of things in his face. You make him an overnight sensation and you interview him everywhere and you even get him on Doctor Phil and you wonder why he can’t handle it.
Not to mention, no one seems to have any issue with filming the meltdown in progress. Entertainment Tonight just ate it up. And the comments to the posts are sickening. It’s like people think he let them down or something.
It bothers me.
Because it’s all well and good that everyone jumped on this guy’s story when it was a feel good moment. But will anyone take responsibility for being part of the cause of his “fall from grace”?
Something tells me that’s not a story anyone’s gonna cover.