Keller @ Large: How To Reverse The Shameful Trend

BOSTON (CBS) – I won’t mention his name or the pathetic web site he runs for fear of giving him the publicity he craves, but by now perhaps you’ve already heard about the local man who posted a revealing nude picture of Tom Brady’s 2-year-old son along with sophomoric remarks about the boy’s private parts.

He was on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 on Friday making a fool of himself during an interview with Carl Stevens, suggesting that anyone who was offended by what he did had a problem, not himself.

I beg to differ.

Listen to Jon’s commentary:

I think that if you were offended by this behavior, it is because you have a degree of class, taste, and good judgment about what is and isn’t appropriate.

But to those calling for some kind of legal action to be taken against him on the grounds that he’s disseminating child pornography, I’m afraid I have to say, save your energy.

This guy is just the latest symptom of an ongoing trend in our culture toward shame-free vulgarity and coarseness.

You could say it’s the price we pay for freedom of the press, now being pushed to new frontiers by the wide-open spaces of the Internet.

But if you find that troubling, offensive, and damaging to society, and want to draw the line at what this particular smut-peddler did rather than shrug your shoulders, by all means, there are plenty of things you can do, first and foremost, hitting the guy in his wallet by complaining to his advertisers.

In the longer term, you might also use this episode as a teachable moment for your child or 20-something acquaintance who might not get it.

Perhaps the conversation could revolve around the social benefits of good old-fashioned shame.

Shame keeps us from doing a lot of bad things that the law alone could never prevent.

And at the heart of constructive shame are a couple of questions: how would I feel if that were done to me or mine?

And how would those close to me feel if they knew I were doing this or supporting it?

If the answer is, I’d feel ashamed, then you’re less likely to join in the race to the bottom some parts of our culture are engaged it.

And you know what’s at the bottom of most pits – filth and vermin.

No need for names.

You know who I mean.

You can listen to Keller At Large on WBZ News Radio every weekday at 7:55 a.m. and 12:25 p.m. You can also watch Jon on WBZ-TV News.

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  • Willow

    There seems to be little shame about anything anymore. We’ve long been a permissive society, and now we are reaping what we have sown. It is no longer politically correct to speak out against behavior we were taught was wrong while we were growing up. Between television and movies, we’ve become desensitized to inappropriateness. Does anyone feel comfortable to watch a Cialis commercial while sitting with your young grandson who asks what erectile dysfunction means? We as a society have sunk to a low that I think we will forever be wallowing in. Decency and morals seem to be a vanishing way of life.

  • donny

    Who said, ‘Money is the root of all evil’… ? Well, in my humble opinion they were right. Look at what folks do in pursuit of it.

    • Willow

      donny, the correct quote is, “The LOVE of money is the root of all evil. Money in itself isn’t a bad thing. It’s the love of it and what people will do for it that is evil. I understand what you were saying, and I agree with you. some people will stop at nothing as long as there’s money involved.

  • tsal

    Freedom of the press. Freedom of speech. Does anyone – anywhere – really believe that we have not taken those liberties so far to the extreme that our founding fathers would barely recognize what we have become? We say government is dysfunctional. Our entire society is dysfunctional. The fact that someone can post a nude picture of a two year old, making the comments that this pathetic excuse for a human being made, and not be penalized for child pornography is revolting.

    • Stephen Stein

      I think our founding fathers would be amazed at the Internet and spend the first month looking at LOLCats. Except for Franklin – he’d go for the porn.

      • Tsal


  • tsal

    Jon, I was just talking to my daughter who is a 20 something and she can’t believe there is not something you can do legally. You have clearly researched this. Aren’t there any laws that protect our children from having obscene pictures of them published?

    • Willow

      tsal, I agree. But I think it first has to be proven that the pictures were used in an obsene way. I don’t believe anyone has the right to post a picture of anyone’s child without their authorization whether it be a normal photograph or a nude one. This person is dispicable, and should be arrested. Does anyone know what Tom Brady’s reaction to this is?

  • gigi

    I too am shocked that taking naked pictues of a child without consent is legal. As an adult I dont want my pic taken with clothes on without my consent! That just doesnt seem right to expose someone’s child – famous or not. The father is the one that gives permission to the public to be photographed and hounded, that does not include his child.

    On a seperate subject – I am tired of hearing conversations in public, i.e. standing in line at the store or most recently at an outdoor family restaurant, and hearing people dropping F-bombs like it is part of a conversation.I am not offended, just annoyed, but the parents of the young children should be more than offended and politely as the people to tone it down without offending them as though their freedom of speech is being taken away.

    • Willow

      gigi, I absolutely know what you are saying. I’ve left McDonald’s with my young granchildren over language being used by teens that happened to be there. It’s the most common adjective used in our language today.

      • gigi

        Thank you Willow – unfortunately its not only teens but older young adults in their mid – late 20’s as in my family restaurant episode – its a shame they dont recognize there is a time and place, and have a bit of respect and decency for those around them.

  • tsal

    Gigi made a comment that I believe is correct. I don’t think you can publish a photo without permission. Perhaps celebrities have some sort of exclusion from that but the children of celebs should not be included in that exclusion if in fact there is one I know at recent filming of a TV show in Boston that every person captured by camera had to sign a waiver in order for his/her to appear in the show and if a waiver was not signed the person’s face was blocked.

  • emom

    This is laughable,,, NO TRULY it is,,,, even comical.. Freedom of speech, Freedom of press, freedom to DO WHAT EVER ONE WANTS.. Even as much as them NOT asking our CONSENT to use said photos…… Wait isn’t it ART, in their mind, and in some others mind……… I personally feel its an invasion of our personal space, privacy,. Its indecent, and in some cases immoral…… AHHHHH but not that long ago some bashed a group of street photographers for doing much the same, yet they did not have to have CONSENT, and it was freedom of photography or press, or what ever you want to call it.. And well folks thought it was no big deal, that it was ART, and who where they hurting…… Yes society has nor MORAL code, and even DYSFUNCTIONAL, BUT so many feel its no big deal… Sure we are uptight about certain things, But That’s are given rights… I personally find it disgusting , immoral, and indecent . Posting any nude photo of anyone is out of line , but a child is beyond it all… this guy will get away with it, as so many others have… AH but what do we expect,,, WE HAVE CREATED THESE PEOPLE, by allowing these same things to happen to adults and stating , ITS NO BIG DEAL, ITS ART, ITS FREEDOM OF WHAT EVER THEY ARE DOING, AND THEY ARE NOT DOING ANYTHING WRONG…………… Really now…. Does this constitute CROSSING THE LINE OF IMMORRAL YET…. I would not call this art nor would I call it freedom of anything, it crossed the lines of morality.

  • emom

    OH and I did not and do not believe those street photographers had consent, and I dont beleive they had rights,, IMHO

  • jaygee

    This clown is getting his 15 minutes of fame and that’s about it. If a parent wants to take his kid’s bathing suit offf and then have this happen, then what can you do? It’s too bad that Tom-Tom doesn’t take a few of the guys over to Medford and ring his doorbell at about 2a.m.. I was in Gloucester yesterday and there was an “enlightened”(moronic) mom who thought it was just so cute to have her 3 yerar old running around with no bathing suit, How very cute and how very stupid!!!!!

    • tsal

      I’m not seeing any way that the parent is in the least bit responsible for this. If a parent wants to take a child’s clothes off and if an adult can’t handle it, that is the fault of the adult. Period. I won’t even comment on the 2:00 a.m. suggestion.

  • mikey

    Pathetically sick.

  • emom

    And sick individuals lurking around every rock, stump, pole, car, or what ever happens to be in the area…. Yeah but taking a photograph of someones legs is perfectly OK, how far up the legs is NOT OK,,,,,, HHHMMMMMMMM this is the same intrusion

  • FireGuyFrank

    Our Nation has lost much of the basis on which it was founded — simple, basic, beliefs. Once self-evident, our focus has turned merely to ourselves. No longer are we supposed to rely on drive, we are supposed to rely on government. No longer are we supposed to conform to the values of our society, but society is to conform to what I believe.

    This guy is a symptom. The cure is to reflect our what our Founding Fathers had in mind when they formed this nation.

    • tsal

      nicely said

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  • JohnC

    I agree with the British royalty perspective – What they do in public is fair game. What is intended to be private is not.

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