At what point in time did it become acceptable to call someone that you don’t even know a slut, deplorable, skanky, etc.? Why do we (meaning a society) feel the need to brand someone with a scarlet letter? Oh how much sweeter it is when they fall from grace; when they were paradigms of purity and virtue. Miley Cyrus used to be the innocent Hannah Montana, and now she has become someone else—someone “edgy.” Surely she is not allowed to change, right? That would be silly, so it would seem. Almost every day it seems I read something along the lines of, “Miley (or celebrity X) is disgusting and is a terrible role model for little girls.” Maybe instead of demonizing Miley’s actions, parents should explain to their children why that kind of behavior is unacceptable. Everyone should worry about their family and promote their values. Tiger Woods is another example of a recipient of such vitriol the likes of which is completely disproportionate to the crime (in my opinion). While his infidelity is upsetting and self-inflicted, it is his family he hurt (and to a lesser extent his sponsors). People wanted him to fail because many like to see someone once considered great get hurt. For a while, the media made it seem like he was the worst person in the world. He did break his contract with his wife to be forever faithful, and he should feel ashamed, but I believe the extent of the public outcry against him was unwarranted. We’ve been given a great freedom—the freedom of speech. We can use to it to say horrible things about celebrities, as that is totally within the boundaries of our freedom as Americans. I only wish we would not want to. What we as a society partake in everyday is no more than public bullying. When did that become ok?