Monday, August 20, 2012

Breaking News: Suri Learns to Ride a Bike!

by Kate Collins

Yes, you heard that right. Suri Cruise, daughter of actors Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, is learning how to ride a bicycle. And get this. Suri wore flats. Not sneakers. Not flip flops. Flats. Even more startling – her mom wore a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

Are you stunned? Awed? Intrigued?

Could care less?

I don’t know about you, but I’m simply (yawn) not that interested.  I only bring it up because this story was a headliner on Yahoo News, as reported in US magazine, where it was also, I’m sure, a big headline.

Do people really care that this particular six-year-old is learning to ride a bike? Do they REALLY care that she wore flats to do so? If that’s not bad enough, readers in their follow-up comments were actually criticizing Katie Holmes for letting Suri wear flats for her lesson.

I mean, really?

I remember when my own children learned to ride a bike. They wobbled and teetered and fell several times – and would have been mortally embarrassed if a camera crew was filming them. I doubt they’d have wanted a second lesson. 

You could argue that anyone with fame has to take the grain with the chaff, so to speak. But poor Suri didn’t ask for fame. Suri, by virtue of her parentage, is going to be subject to such embarrassment every time she goes out. Should her mom rent an indoor arena to teach her in private? Or should Katie be able to enjoy being in the park with her child like any normal citizen? Should we give celebrities their privacy?

What’s your opinion? 
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