I think this debate is similar to the debate about whether the paparazzi held some responsibility for Princess Diana's death. Was it the fault of journalists & photographers for chasing her because she was famous, or was it her fault for being famous (& enjoying the trappings of fame & wealth) or was it the fault of the general public for demanding more & more information about her? Or was it the fault of the media for creating that demand?
Interesting topic for debate. I think Gern's creative expression and lateral thinking should be acknowledged. He/she could have said it in a less complex way, and more boringly ordinary, but hey, this is the Mudcat, & we are complex, and we aren't boringly ordinary.
I see what you are saying, Gern, and I agree with your sentiments, but not necessarily agree with taking on personal responsibility, because I don't tap into the idolatry of famous people because it goes against my egalitarian nature.