Apparently Alec Baldwin has a book coming out this week that talks about his experience with the divorce process. I read an excerpt of the book online — the introduction and part of the first chapter. What I read seemed to be his “rant” on perceived corruption in the judicial system in California. He calls the judges inept and the lawyers lazy. I plan to get the book and read the rest of it just to see what he has to say. I don’t know the lawyers or the judge involved with his case. No doubt he had a bad experience with his divorce — we all remember the ultra-inappropriate voice mail left for his daughter. No doubt the judge in his case disapproved. I am curious to see how much of the book shows a viewpoint skewed by his bitterness and anger as opposed to a bias in the system that is more far-reaching. I was struck immediately by a story he tells in chapter 1 about controversies with movie producers where he concludes that the producers are more corrupt than the illegal drug business. I question his credibility in criticizing the legal system when he also calls the movie producers corrput. Sounds like he’s saying, anything I disagree with is therefore corrupt. Overall, his book seems like an honest, maybe even raw, account of an embittered divorce — not so dissimilar to the experiences of many people. He also disucsses his opinions on “parental alienation”, which he calls a syndrome, although I’ve never known of it to be a diagnosable condition. He does seem to shed light on the inequities and prejudices that continue to persevere in our country over women versus men in raising children. Starting a discussion of those inequities in a valuable result of his book, I just hope that the good that can come from a celebrity bringing a private situation in the public eye isn’t overshadowed by his bitterness and anger.
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