Editorial: Maybe we are wrong about reality
What do you do if someone comes to your door? If you’re like most folks, you welcome that person into your home, try to make him comfortable, perhaps offer some adult refreshments if he or she is of legal age.
But, suppose that person you’ve welcomed starts using bad language — cursing and profanity — knocks over a table, breaks a favorite vase, busts up a chair and becomes obnoxious?
He insults you, your spouse, your friends and your neighborhood.
For most of us, we’d tell that person to leave. You’ve violated the hospitality of my home and you’re no longer welcome here.
Take away the welcome mat
According to several reports we’ve received, that’s something like what’s happened with some of the people connected with a TV reality show being filmed in Murrells Inlet.
Good people had decided it would be fun to welcome the production crew. They’ve made them welcome, some have agreed to provide food, lodging, accommodations and filming locations.
Others turned down the chance, and believe they’re vindicated as they see, hear and observe what they believe to be boorish, crude and destructive behavior.
We certainly don’t know all the ins and outs of what’s happened as a production company films for a TV reality show.
What we do know is that good people have turned against their friends and neighbors who are also good people.
The cast and crew are reportedly cursing and cussing in public, trying to start fights, instigate outrageous behavior and graft an ugly scene onto the wonderful fishing village of Murrells Inlet.
In an editorial Wednesday we posed the question, “What is reality?” We said:
“So long as the movie producers follow local laws for use of facilities, they’re within their rights to have the story line they want.”
We still believe that to be true.
But foul language, drunkenness, fighting, disturbing the peace, destruction of property and other such behavior violates civil and criminal laws and local ordinances.
Money certainly can buy many good things. But when money gets in the way of friendship, or conveys a warped and misshapen view of our area or any other area, then that money and that publicity can lose a lot of its value for good.
Less than 24 hours after it was created, a Facebook page called:
We "Just Said NO" to The Dirty South
… had already gotten more than 900 “Likes.”
Many people do not like the way the film crew and cast are misbehaving.
They are planning to attend Tuesday’s meeting of Georgetown County Council to have their say about what they view as boorish behavior.
Members of Georgetown County Council normally do not respond to what speakers say during a public comment period.
Another group of people plan to attend Council to speak their minds about plans for the median project in the Pawleys Island area.
Both of these issues have attracted a lot of attention.
The reality is that people come to visit and stay in Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Litchfield Beach and the rest of our beautiful county because they’ve discovered a slice of the “Borderland of God” as the Marquis de La Fayette called it when he said the southern tip of what we know as the Waccamaw Neck was DeBordieu.
While many of our readers are fortunate enough to have been blessed to be born here, others have gotten here as soon as they could.
Another reality is that they don’t want the area to change to reflect “The Dirty South” or “Partying Down South” that some TV producers from “off” want to create out of thin air.
We encourage people to speak their minds.
Follow the law
And we strongly encourage Georgetown County Council, the Building and Planning and Zoning Departments, and the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, to consider whether all appropriate laws and ordinances are being followed and obeyed.
There are processes established for conducting business, and most people appreciate those processes.
But just like the person you welcome into your home who becomes a problem, the time may be now to remove the welcome mat.
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