Very rarely do I ever get political or controversial on this site.
Actually, I think this would be the first time.
If you haven’t heard yet, Steve Rannazzisi, the comedian who plays Kevin MacArthur on FX’s The League, admitted to lying about being in the World Trade Center on 9/11.
According to news reports, he has, over the years, told a story during interviews that he worked in WTC, was jostled by the plane impact, and was able to leave the building in time to save himself. That “experience” he said, motivated him to decide “life is too short” and to quit his job and head out to LA to pursue his dream of acting.
In his public apology, he claims that he began telling this story as a young man, that his was something stupid he did due to his youth and has long felt bad about it.
This makes me sad for a number of reasons, one of them being, I love The League.
If you’ve never seen the show, it follows a group of friends in a fantasy football league who bring visit all manner of torture upon one another in the name of getting a leg up on their make believe sports game.
I’ll watch the final season because at this point, I’m invested in the show. I’ve always found it to be unique and creative in a sea of just the same.
But after this, I fail to see how Rannazzisi ever works again. Personally, I think lying about being involved in 9/11 is unforgivable but even if more open minded folk than I give him a break, I still fail to see how anyone could watch him in another show or movie and not think, “There’s the douche that lied about 9/11.”
So I’ll be very surprised if his career isn’t over.
Be honest, folks. Lying has always been wrong, and in today’s information age, it’s easier to be caught in a whopper than ever.