Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Natasha Richardson And The Media

Natasha Richardson And The Media

While the world anxiously awaits definitive news on the state of Natasha Richardson, who earned a Tony in 1998 for her portrayal of Sally Bowles in Sam Mendes' brilliant revival of Cabaret, I want to express two thoughts.

First and foremost, my heart goes out to Ms. Richardson's family and friends as we all wish for the best.

Second, I'm absolutely disgusted by the media's irresponsible rush to proclaim anything until the family is ready. Particularly grievous was yesterday's despicably premature pronunciations by Time Out New York, followed by Michael Riedel's New York Post declarations.

In the ensuing rush to get a scoop, including capturing photos of the shocked and devastated family, the worst within the media have pushed the boundaries of decency by debasing this news into the most unseamly of realms. Is it no wonder Americans have such a distaste for the news media?

Media: Give it a rest. Let the family and friends of Ms. Richardson cope this this tragedy in peace. Let them make any official statements on their own timetable without adding to the pain. Afford them the same courtesies you'd want if you were in their shoes.

UPDATE (3.18.09, 11:47 p.m. EDT): Earlier this evening, it was announced that Natasha Richardson has succumbed to her traumatic injuries from a skiing accident. Ms. Richardson was 45. My sincere condolences to this winning actress' family and friends on their immense loss.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 18 March, 2009, Blogger Kevin Daly said...

Steve, I couldn't agree with you more about the lack of responsible journalism. Unbelievable.

And on a more human note, what an incomparable loss to the acting world, but more importantly to her husband, mother and especially those two young sons.

At 19 March, 2009, Anonymous Anonymous said...


Your comments are spot on. The media has been awful and what I found most disturbing was the taking of pictures and video of the family as they visted the hospital and then returned home.

Just shocking. Please give them some privacy, particularly her two teenage sons.

RIP Natasha - you were a classy actress.


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