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  1. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    What do you think will happen to these people? Martha Stewart is back to raking it in after a couple of years in stir and so on. The minions may do hard time but I can’t see the celebs suffering proportionately.

  2. Margaret Soltan Says:

    Ravi: Here’s my prediction: Most will serve no jail time – community service, probation, financial penalties, but no slammer. Some will go to jail for a month or so; they will go someplace pleasant, surrounded by prestige people like Bernie Madoff. Some when they get out will already have a ghost-written confession ready to publish – every confession will take the same form, lamenting their appalling deprived youth which forced them to forego schooling in order to make money as an actor (variant: they were forced into the trade by an abusive stage parent).

    As a result of this experience, they swore (visual: Scarlett O’Hara, ruins of Tara: “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again!“) they would never inflict their own ignorance on their children (This approach only works with the ill-educated; among the naughties there are some quite well-educated people, and their only gambit is to plead life-destroying dread that their children would fail to reach their parents’ higher-ed attainments… or something… Not sure what they can do, really. Maybe some of them will be classy enough to say that they’re ashamed to admit their status-obsession led them to use any means necessary to get their kids into status schools.) The confessions will place much of the blame on L.A.’s sick money/celebrity culture which took an innocent and sucked her in, etc. Some confessions will announce a born-again conversion (all of them should, really, since experience shows this to be the cheapest and easiest route to reclaiming your name… keep an eye on Jussie Smollet in this connection).

    The TV movie inspired by the most persuasive of the confession books (the one that offers the most lurid humiliations and life-destruction and therefore the most riveting redemption scene as, with her Modesto Junior College dorm room in the background, the confessor’s daughter embraces her mother: “It’s okay, Mom. I’m gonna start here. I’m gonna start doing the learning I should have done, right here and now. I’m gonna make you proud. I love you, Mom.”) will enjoy a respectable audience share.

  3. Ravi Narasimhan Says:

    I never watched or read GWTW so I see a Rex ex ending as in ‘Tartuffe.’ A Singer underling gets carted off to Leavenworth and the rest pardoned by one of their own to return to their ways. Same result though.

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