…but Elizabeth Smart’s parents just creep the ever-lovin’ shit out of me. I don’t make watching the Today show a habit, but I happened to be watching Friday morning for the teaser interview with Katie and Young, Dewy Elizabeth, and even though I’d just stepped out of the shower, I felt like I needed another.
If my daughter had been kidnapped, raped and held captive by a crazy homeless man I’d hired to wash my windows, and I was lucky enough to get her back, I’d spend the rest of my life scourging myself in hopes of somehow escaping the guilt over it. Schmoozing with Today show hosts would be the last thing on my mind.
The Smarts are different. The Smarts must love seeing themselves on television. The Smarts can’t stop putting their beautiful daughter on display in beautiful settings — in this case, their lavish (“rustic,” according to Katie) country home in the Utah mountains — and maybe it’s just me? But everything about it felt deeply, utterly wrong.
And who knew? USA Today agrees with me. Interestingly, once again this puzzling behavior is being attributed to “deeply religious” people. “Deeply religious” will go down in history as the antimatter destruction device against any question of your motives. You can’t possibly understand. You’re not deeply religious like me.
Well. I say it’s spinach, and I say the hell with it.