Saturday, February 23, 2008

In Her Shoes

The Bai Ling shoplifting incident has quickly disappeared from the news, but I still don't know why she did it. I was curious about her motivation, so I tried to put myself in her shoes, which, by the way, was not as easy as it might sound. When you see her on a movie screen, she's larger than life, but in real life, she's actually rather petite. So her shoes were too small for me and I didn't want to risk damaging them by forcing them onto my feet.

Anyway, I tried to put myself in her shoes (figuratively speaking) and asked myself the question, "Why would I steal two celebrity tabloid magazines and a pack of AAA batteries from a shop at the airport?"

Here are a couple of answers I came up with:
- The line was too long and I didn't feel like waiting.
- I didn't have enough money to pay for the items I wanted.

Those are good answers, but I don't think they're the right answer. I think the right answer is:
- I would have been too embarrassed to be seen buying a celebrity tabloid magazine.

That's the right answer in my case, at least. I wouldn't even want to be seen holding such a magazine, let alone actually buying one. Of course, it's possible that Bai Ling doesn't get embarrassed over the same things that I do. I'd like to think she does, however, because I like to believe the best about people.

But as I mentioned last week, I'm not as interested in her misdemeanor and why she committed it as I am in the fact that she gets a lot of comments every time she posts something to her blog. So I looked at her blog again and I saw that she sometimes posts several entries in one day. That's very prolific of her, especially when compared to my once-a-week-or-less posting schedule. Of course, she doesn't post finely-tuned witty and incisive prose like I do -- she usually just posts a picture and a caption that may or may not make any sense.

But that doesn't prevent scores of people from posting their comments. I looked through some of the comments and I didn't see any of the "I want to have sex with you" variety that I mentioned last week, but I did see a lot of comments that said something to the effect of "That's a nice sentiment" (referring to the caption), or "That's a nice picture" (referring to the picture), or "I really admire your work" (referring to her acting career).

She had her share of detractors as well, but most of the comments were complimentary, and there's certainly nothing wrong with that, but I've been on this planet long enough to realize that when a man compliments a woman -- especially an attractive single woman that he doesn't even know -- the subtext is usually "I want to have sex with you." So all the comment posters were trying to get into her pants, and I was only trying to get into her shoes. I probably should have set my sights a little higher.