It’s time you stopped apologizing for [insert celebrity name]

____________ has been accused of doing a terrible thing. 

You never expected ____________ to do something so appalling, because it never seemed as though ____________ would do something like that, but, alas, here we are. Of course, just because ____________ is accused, doesn’t mean ____________ is guilty. But doesn’t it really seem like ____________ did it?

Yeah, it sucks because ____________ was so good! I mean, one of the best, even! You want to believe the accusations are false, but deep down, somewhere, you know they sound kind of plausible. You want to say the accusers are in it for the fame or the money; why else would they accuse ____________ of something like this so publicly? Maybe you do go ahead and say that, and maybe someone, probably on the Internet, agrees with you! But you know what? ____________ isn’t perfect.

Famous people are still people. And if you take any large enough group of people, you’ll find that some of them are horrible. ____________ is also a person. Again, I can’t 100 percent guarantee ____________ is guilty, but we certainly don’t know if ____________ is innocent, right? It might feel like you know because you love that thing ____________ did, or because ____________ was your hero growing up. But you don’t.

In fact, it really seems like the evidence against ____________ is piling up, which sucks because ____________ is someone you’ve really appreciated for so long! You ask yourself, “Why would ____________ do that? It makes no sense.” Of course it makes no sense. It would be unforgivable, indefensible. Which is exactly why you should stop defending ____________.

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E.A. Weiss

E.A. Weiss

E.A. Weiss is a former Senior Social Media Editor at the Daily Dot. Based in Vermont, he now works as the National Growth Editor at McClatchy.