Janice Dickinson’s honesty and I

I watched an one-hour special on the life of ex-supermodel Janice “the bitch” Dickinson. I feel that I have a lot in common with her in terms of personality (no, I don’t look that good :).

Janice is known to be “brutally honest” and to always say what she thinks without sugar-coating her words. I like that raw honesty in her as I am made of the same quality too. At some point in the documentary her daughter says “my mother always says what she thinks” and Janice screamed “yeaaah!”. At that point I realized that she values a lot her right to say exactly what it’s on her mind without trying to be “politically correct” or “soft the edges”. And I feel the exact same way about myself too. When I write articles, I write them _exactly_ as they are formed in my head, I don’t try to make my articles to read good, or be “accepted”. I write them exactly as they come out of me.

And this is where the problem is: most people can’t take that. Most people are expecting others to not sound “rude”, they expect a well-wrapped sentence, a lie essentially, something they can digest easily. Something that doesn’t surprise them and doesn’t destroy their protective wall they’ve built.

I am sorry, but I can’t serve a lie, I never do. And this is why both Janice and myself have the same kind of audience: they either love us and understand us, or they pationately hate us and they hope we will burn in hell. There is no in-between.

Here is someone who understands, a reader’s email I received a few days ago:

Some people are very good at ‘reading the crowd’ and giving them what they want — and at the same time manipulating them and getting them to do what they(the manipulator) wants. I’m not one of these people, and I don’t think you are either. I think maybe you’re too honest with how you feel about things, and people don’t seem too keen on that. Nobody wants to know the truth (because that can be hurtful), they want BS. Take politicians for example — it always seems the most crooked ones get in to power — and the most alarming thing is that people keep voting them in.”

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