Thursday, November 8, 2012

Joe Simpson Bones Men; Family Divided

If you follow the celebrity scene, you've probably heard that Joe Simpson, father of Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, has found his way into a messy divorce from his wife Tina. Why? Well, primarily because he was boning a wannabe male model and a male escort...and spending family money on those endeavors.

Here's my thing - everyone deserves the right to be who they are. So even though it may have been a challenge for Joe to shed his religious image and admit that he plays for the other team, he should have done it the right way. Here's my take on the situation:

When Joe realized he was gay, he should have addressed it with his wife so they could handle it together. But he didn't, so...
When Joe decided to cheat, he should have realized his wrongdoing and stopped until he could separate from his wife. But he didn't, so...
When Joe spent the family's money to pay for his affairs, he should have confessed and apologized. But he didn't, so...
When Joe's story came out, he should have owned it, apologized to his family and turned this into a lesson about how it's okay to be gay and religious. But he didn't, so...
The family is divided (each daughter is siding with a parent) and the whole situation is a mess.

Last I checked, Joe isn't openly admitting anything to the public and instead is hiding behind a makeover. My hope is that he turns this situation into a positive to the best of his ability and allows himself and his family to move forward. My heart goes out to the Simpson family - not because Joe's gay, because that's totally fine - but because Joe didn't have the decency to discuss the situation with them before the story went public. It's not as if the Simpsons haven't faced divorce and scandal before...they can take it. But Joe could have made this into a much less negative situation through honesty, but instead cheated on his wife and spent her money on his own secret endeavors. Shame, Joe Simpson, shame.

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