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"If ya gonna be dumb, ya gotta be tough"
I was recently watching the movie Jackass 2 (Stick with me here). And, honestly, Jackass is one of my favorite acts of all time. Something about the simple nature of care-free fun and coordinated anarchy really appeals to me. But, I also realized that for all the humor and wild, childish antics, there was a price. It doesn't take a lot of research to find that the Jackass crew have not been well off. Yeah some bounce back, some are still struggling, and a few are lucky enough to manage to stay away from obscurity. But, for the most part, I can't help but feel being them isn't all that fun.
Then I told myself, "Well they're making a ton of money, so no big deal." But money doesn't mean a lot when you pay with your dignity. You have to imagine, that for all the laughs, there was a question of integrity watching them do the things they did. I mean, do you respect them in the same way you'd respect any other entertainer; a brilliant musician, a renowned actor, etc? It's kind of sad really, because I feel that no, people don't respect them the same way, and I feel that's what's partially responsible for the lot of them having such a hard time after their time in the light faded.
So, here's my question. What's your price? What amount of money would it take for you to involve yourself in the life threatening and twisted debauchery that would make you famous but affect the way people view you? What would it take for you to be a jackass?