Is it possible to be too honest, or is honesty always the best policy?
Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRUTH.
This is a video of infamous commentator, Katie Hopkins, as she attempts to make a point on the TV programme, ‘This Morning’. It was quite a coincidence that today’s Daily Prompt was about being honest, as I was watching this clip – which has over 12,000,000 views on YouTube – just before I read the Prompt.
In the video, which I do recommend you watch (it’s just under ten minutes), Hopkins tries to argue that you can “make a quick and easy decision” regarding the class of a child, therefore seeing whether they are “suitable” for your child to play with, just by knowing or hearing their christian name. I have to say, her performance here, apart from courting controversy, is an extreme example of what perhaps should not be said on live television.
This is why I used this as an example for this post – being honest about your own views on live television can sometimes lead to, as the YouTube video title says, a ‘class row’. I will not go into a further discussion about her views on here however, mainly for fear of being sued by her many lawyers that lack in the names of ‘Kylie’ and ‘Charmaine’, although, this being said, I must be quite clear that I do not agree with Hopkins views.
It’s quite clear to me that you cannot always express you’re views – it’s a basic social skill that should prevent clash between people’s opinions. Of course this can be lifted to make your case when you want to, but this isn’t always right. There is a fine balance between knowing when to make a case and when not to. Most people know when to and when not to, however you can get (on television this is particularly evident) self-publicists and, best of all, reality TV show drama-queens. These people perhaps are the ones who are guilty of making a scene, and I’m not saying I’m against them just for being as they are – it goes against what I do – however if it causes offense, I may see what others are objecting to.
However there are situations where complete honesty is often the best thing; being honest with friends is a vital thing, for example, and can only make things better. The only case where this may not be the best thing to do is if you’re trying to protect your friends, in which case dishonesty can sometimes lead to protection, however it must be crafted carefully to make sure you don’t offend your friends. It’s a very hard topic that the Daily Post has given today, because there are so many variables, I think, that affect you’re decisions on being honest.
If you’ve ever read Mark Haddon’s ‘The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time’, which is about the life of a fifteen year old boy who has Asperger’s Syndrome, the main character has a mental debate about lying. His logic, after he’s had this mental debate, is that it is okay to tell ‘white lies’ because they’re not really lies, however you should never lie properly. This mental debate is sparked because his father, who is everything to him, lied about his mother being alive. Before this, his view on lying and liars is a black-and-white one – that there is only two sides: you lie or you don’t lie. It’s a very interesting book – I recommend it highly!
I could go on all day about this but alas, I have to leave to get ready for a band rehearsal! I hope I’ve left you with something to think about!