Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. ~Author Unknown
C’mon…you’ve got to be kidding me. Another story of a family where children are used by off-kilter parental figures working an angle to snag their 15 minutes. This family was already on Wife Swap, so didn’t anyone tell them that theirs was up?
Must be a slow news day, because Balloon Boy is all over the place, and now, Richard Heene, the so-called Patriarch of the Heene clan, along with his wife, Mayumi, may now be facing felony charges. Depending on the charges, this faux drama may cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars, their freedom, and their children.
That’s a lot to risk to be on a TV show. That’s a lot to risk, period. I feel like shaking Mr. Heene and repeating after my father: What in the world were you thinking? Don’t you ever think about the consequences? I didn’t, but I was still a kid. Mr. Heene, and his wife, are supposedly capable adults, although they seem to be bent on some wilder pursuits, like extreme experiments and of storm chasing…
The whole story is troubling, especially with Jon & Kate literally coming apart on national TV, a spectacle played-out in front of the entire cable-viewing world. I’ve long believed that TV, and especially reality TV, is risky for those that seek the spotlight because it destroys the truth and fabricates a pseudo-life, tossing the “stars” into the spinning blades of fame and celebrity long before they’re even close to being prepared, or equipped, to handle the pressure of life on camera, 24/7.
Of course, there’s the cost of lying, which seems to be affecting the six year-old boy more than anyone:
The story, as it broke, in a chronological sequence:
- Falcon Heene, age 6, is reported to be in a mylar balloon that has been untethered by his family. After Richard realizes that Falcon is gone, he runs after the balloon. It is all caught on videotape, presumably by Mayumi Heene.
- Heene makes calls. First is to the media. Second is to the police.
- Search and rescue efforts are launched…helicopters, police cars, etc.
- The balloon lands, no Falcon.
- Falcon mysteriously appears at home, supposedly in the garage the whole time because his dad yelled at him.
- Later, child innocence comes into play when he is asked why he had hidden in the garage, “You said it was for the show.”
…and a little child shall lead them (ISA 11:7)
Which is when everyone, including the police, were let in on the scam, albeit accidentally. Unfortunately for the Heene’s, this leaves the family exposed and in jeopardy financially and criminally, and may split the family apart.
Again, the shaking, the words, “What were you…?”
Criminally, Heene and co. are facing up to $500K in Felony criminal fines and 6 years in prison in addition to the bill for the Search and Rescue operation. However, according to reports, there’s not much money to cover the S&R tab, let alone the criminal fines.
A Reality TV Conspiracy?
As of early this morning, reports have surfaced that the hoax was months in the planning, purportedly to gain exposure for a reality TV deal that had been sketched-out, but wasn’t final, as of late last week. This morning, Heene’s friends are slated to go on national morning shows to answer questions regarding information that he had a theme song, and a name for his show, Psyience Detective, already laid-out.
The Larimer County Sheriff, Jim Alderden, who is leading the investigation is quoted:
“There’s a pretty clear indication from what we’ve seen so far that there are others who had planned a publicity stunt involving a spaceship,” Alderden said.
The sheriff speculated that some members of the entertainment media could have been involved. At least one show, he said, had already paid the Heenes since the balloon launch. He refused to identify it.
Ah, the joys of reality TV. Pulling in the ratings without airing a single episode.
To see Heene prior to his stunt, check out some of his YouTube vids. Yes, the Heene’s had a YouTube series.
The really cracked part of all of this is that he’ll probably end up with a show…