I could spend my whole blog talking about all the dumb comments Mitt Romney made at that fundraiser, but I’d rather talk about the fact that anyone in the public eye better get used to the possibility of “personal stuff” going viral at any time.
The ability to take a quick pic and send it out to the world is literally a click or two away. Just ask topless Kate, strip-poker super stud Harry or bong-sucking Michael Phelps. Anyone who’s a brand (even for 15 minutes) is fair game for the paparazzi or just about any random dude with a smart phone.
Think about it. It could be a cell phone, a camera with a telephoto lens or the world’s smallest tape recorder. You don’t have to be James Bond to have the latest gadgets on hand.
So what does this mean for the Royal and not so royal? It means you shouldn’t be naked unless you’re in a locked bathroom, you shouldn’t be smoking dope unless you’re in a locked bathroom and, if you’re Mitt Romney, you should basically stay in a locked bathroom.
It also means that even if you’re John Doe in a crowd you better figure on hundreds of cell phones or cameras that could catch you doing something naughty and share the pic on Facebook or Twitter in a nanosecond. So you should think twice about having that drink with your flirty client, or mooning the world from the top of a tourist bus. Because it just might be the world that gets to see you in all your glory.
There was a guy the Today Show flew in from London who sent a rambling love letter to a woman he knew. She sent it to all her friends who, in turn, sent it to all their friends. Bottom line is that it became the love letter that went global and the guy made headlines.
Yes, there are some folks who love the presence of the camera and you can find most of them on Bravo! But, the rest of us? Yup, behind a locked door!