Anne Hathaway and The Golden Rule

Many people have seen this clip from the Today Show where Anne Hathaway is asked about an unfortunate wardrobe mishap at the premiere of Les Miserables. Ms. Hathaway’s answer to Matt Lauer’s questioning is great…

 “It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it, and do the decent thing, sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants, which takes us back to Les Mis, because that’s what my character is.”

We do live in an age that when things happen, our cell phones come out and we begin recording video and taking pictures- and are quick to post them on the web. It is part of our cultures infatuation and worship of celebrity and our dwindling sense of boundaries when it comes to social media and what we put on the internet. Hathaway is also spot on when it comes to commodifying sex in our society.

I think it highlights another issue. Jesus says in Matthew 7:12 that we are to do to others what we would want them to do to us. It’s called the Golden Rule and there are some similarities in the writings of other religions. The point is, I hope no one post gratuitous pictures of me, or says slanderous things about me, or even treat me badly- therefore I should not treat other people the same way. We’ve become a culture where we don’t follow the Golden Rule any longer- and this becomes a dangerous thing.

If you didn’t see the interview with Hathaway- check it out here 

About Steve LaMotte

Husband of Andrea and father of four amazing children. Pastor at Avenue United Methodist Church in Milford, Delaware.
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