If you look at the last seven days , you’ll see that unprofessionalism is something that has been popping up all over the place. Most recently, there was Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards. I didn’t watch the show, but I saw the replay of his “classlessness” by interrupting one singer’s acceptance speech to announce Beyonce having the best video ever. Then, there was Serena Williams throwing a fit on the court, which could cost her a lot of money and have her banned from playing at the tournament next season. And don’t think for a second that publishing is immune. When Quartet Press announced their closing before they were even open, there are some naysayers on the internet who spouted things like Angela James got what she deserved and lots of angry finger-pointing. Sadly, I feel that karma is going to be a bitch for those people.
So where am I going with this? Regardless of QP’s reasons for shutting down, that doesn’t give people the right to act like a bunch of hooligans with torches and pitchforks. Sure, authors are left without their books being published and it strings. But it’s better they know now, rather than wait months/years down the road when QP needs bankruptcy court to settle their debts.
It doesn’t give Kanye West–I don’t care how much money he makes–the right to steal the spotlight from Taylor Swift who has obviously earned her moment to shine. And before you ask, no, I’m not a country music fan. Thank goodness Beyonce saved the day by showing some class and letting Ms. Swift enjoy her spotlight while she was on stage receiving her award.
And no, it does not give Serena Williams the right to turn into a potty mouth when a judgment was called against her. She’s entitled to be angry, but leave the spewing sailor talk for closed doors. I don’t need nor care to see that.
I know people are going to chalk it up to their passion getting in the way and clouding their judgment, but that’s not a good enough excuse. I have a passion for writing, but I don’t let it turn me into a three-headed jackass with fiery eyes and snake-like hair. Unless it causes physical harm, you’ll never see me act a fool in such a public arena. I’m not trying to drive away fans when it’s hard enough trying to find them.
For me, writing is a business as much as it is a pleasure. Therefore, playing the part of an ass isn’t in the plans I’ve learned how to switch between my business cap and my fun cap without batting an eyelash if it means keeping my career moving in the right direction. That’s how I show my passion. So when things aren’t working out as planned, instead of throwing a temper tantrum, I reevaluate until I come up with a solution that saves both time and face.
Nothing turns me off faster than a lack of professionalism. I don’t care who you are. There are some lines you don’t cross. And if you do, you’ll lose me as a fan. I’m just one person and one mind, but I’ve discovered over the years I’m not alone in my thinking.
What do you think about unprofessionalism and how do you react when you see it?