Fact: We love talking about celebrities. Fact: We love judging parents. Fact: When the two combine -- watch out!
Thus it was not surprising to hear the Good Morning America crew reviewing and discussing a clip New England Patriots' Quarterback Tom Brady posted of him jumping off a rocky cliff into the water on a Costa Rica vacation...holding the hand of his 6-year-old daughter who jumped with him.
Our take? We are not fans of danger, but we know that with the very rare exception, parents aren't either. They love their kids and want to help, not hurt, them. This is our assumption of Mr. Brady, too: He would not put his child in danger, so the two were doing this for reasons of their own. Adventure, bravery, bonding -- who knows? And who are we to jump in, as it were? Parenting is hard enough without the Greek chorus.
Plenty of people are chiding him because we are in an era where we think chiding is on par with actually doing something constructive, or proving that we are good people. (It's not.)
Inconvenient Fact: Brady put the video out to his millions of fans, so he must've known there'd be a backlash. Heck, there was a backlash when he simply kissed his son on the mouth. But why not treat his family vacation video like all the other family vacation videos in our newsfeeds these days? That is, with either a "Wow, I wish I was there!" Or a, "Wow, am I glad I'm not!"
P.S. For one nanosecond on the Good Morning America clip, we thought we saw the caption, "Killer on the Loose" on the screen at the very beginning. Did anyone else? If so, it just sort of reminds us what stories TV loves most. If not, we are suffering TPID (Think-Piece-Induced Delusions).