Monday, October 19, 2009

Balloon Boy Rant

I feel like I shouldn't even be bringing this up because it is complete nonsense, but I'm going to anyway. Ever since the news broke last week about a boy floating around Colorado in a helium party balloon I had doubts about the authenticity of the story but the news media didn't. All of the networks decided to drop REAL important stories like the war in Afghanistan and National health care reform to chase around a bright shiny object. Cable news loves a good distraction don't they?

Now lets break this all down using common (or not so common as it turns out) sense.
  • Richard and Mayumi Heene blow up and release a helium filled balloon in their backyard and have no idea where their three children are. Hmm? *scratches head*
  • A six year old boy is reported to be inside the overgrown mylar birthday balloon. I have not personally weighed young Falcon myself but I do have 2 children ages 5 and 7 and can guess that a 6 year old would weigh roughly 40-60 pounds. Of course helium is lighter than air, but we've all seen the video of the balloon floating around and from my untrained eye (I am no scientist, but neither is Richard Heene) I am almost certain that there is no way in hell that balloon could carry away a 6 year old. NO WAY!
  • The balloon lands and surprise surprise no Falcon.
  • Dad saves the day when he shows up in front of television cameras holding the boy with an explanation that the boy was hiding in the garage attic. The family then goes on to be interviewed by every news organization and tabloid TV show complete with young Falcon throwing up twice Friday morning on national TV while he should have been at home or better yet in SCHOOL.
All I can say is WHAT THE HELL? It's obvious that the parents, or at least the father, Richard is a fame-whore but why drag those innocent children into a life of chaos? The family appeared on the train wreck of a reality show Wife Swap not once but twice and were thrilled to act out in front of the camera in hopes of landing their own reality show and cashing in big. The whole thing makes my stomach turn. I can't help but wonder what those kids are thinking especially today if charges are filed against their parents. I'm sure those kids believe in their dad and think that he's cool for spending time with them doing these unorthodox science experiments, but what at what cost to them?

I think the parents should be punished for this ridiculous stunt but not at the expense of their children. I have no idea if these people are unfit to be caring for 3 young boys but I'd like to give them the benefit of the doubt. I just hope that if in fact they are charged and convicted that the judge would order them to never be on television ever again or make money in any way off of this child exploiting experience.

*End rant*

14 comments:

Kelly said...

Yeah, I want them to be punished in some way for being total assholes, but jail is not the answer. My husband works in corrections and always tells me the fastest way to breed criminals is with jail time. Those kids just need their parents to stay home and be parents.

t.t. millers said...

I didn't watch, but heard about it. I thought the same thing - how can a child be carried away in a balloon... and why didn't the parents know where the hell the kids were???? Hello??? If they can't keep track of their kids, maybe they shouldn't be parents! Poor innocent kids who have to be raised by idiots!!!

sheila said...

Yes, they should be punished monitarily and maybe even be investigated. What crappy parents! I was really pissed when they said it was a hoax after it being plastered all over the tv all day. Jerks.

T. Anne said...

I'm so disgusted in that whole event. And why are these people so attention hungry?

Amy said...

I am hoping it was not a hoax, because that would be a twisted thing for the parents to do.

Secret Mom Thoughts said...

I think they should be punished too. Those poor kids.

Riot Kitty said...

I totally agree - I wanted to rant about it but didn't want to get all worked up again. I just feel sorry for the kids and can't imagine what kind of whopping ego this prick has.

LL Cool Joe said...

Geez what an unbelievable story! Not sure it received any coverage here in the UK but it's the same kind of stunt some sad parent desperate for a bit of publicity would do here too.

I've got a 15 year old daughter, I wonder if a balloon could carry her away?

Mommy Cracked said...

Agreed! What they have put that poor child through because of something that never even happened just kills me!

Wild Child said...

I was glad I was at work and avoiding hearing about the whole thing. Insanity.

Cindy said...

Amen, sister! At first I had no idea what was going on because at work but once I heard, it just didn't seem to add up! I also thought how could they not know where their kid was? In reality, did they tell him to go hide in the attic? Idiots!

Spot On Your Pants said...

my question...why aren't they all talking like donald duck?

Juli Ryan said...

I was watching the odyssey of the balloon, and I cared what happened. I told my child to be quiet so that I could listen. I heard an expert on CNN say before the balloon landed that he didn't think a child was in there. I was relieved the child was okay.

I feel really sad for those kids. If the parents are brought up on criminal charges and found guilty, the parents should be required to get psychiatric help. No, I'm not judgmental!

Sidhe said...

I've given up ranting on this sort of crapola (well, I keep telling myself that...perhaps someday it will come true). People like this will not stop until society quits rewarding people like the Duggars, John & Kate, Octomom, etc...sick, sick, sick.