Yesterday, a judge suspended David Hasselhoff’s visitation rights with his two teenage daughters following the leak of a videotape that appeared to show the recovering alcoholic actor in an extremely intoxicated, shirtless state in front of one of his kids. This follows last week’s news that a leaked voice mail Alec Baldwin left for his daughter, in which he called her a “thoughtless little pig,” among other things, has allegedly entered the heated custody battle between the actor and his ex-wife Kim Basinger.
Now, we enjoy a good train-wreck viral audio or video clip as much as anyone. But at the same time, reading that a judge specifically cited one such video in an official decision on Hasselhoff’s visitation of his children kind of let the fizz out of the cocktail. A celebrity supposedly recovering from substance abuse who allows him or herself to be taped falling off the wagon (Lindsay, is that you?) really only has himself or herself to blame. But when it spills over and has an impact on the star’s relationship with his or her children, well, maybe we’ve taken the fun too far. On the other hand, without these viral video sites bringing this behavior into the public sphere, a celebrity or other wealthy person would find it easier to quietly sweep under the rug actions that should be considered when determining something like his or her ability to care for a child.
What do you think, Pop Watchers? Have we gone too far by feeding off of train-wreck footage when it affects a person’s family, or is everything fair game in this age of viral video?