A man was arrested this week for embarrassing people. Hollywood prankster Kenneth Tarr was charged for illegally eavesdropping because he recorded calls he made to sports figures posing as a team representative offering a job to such people as former NFL head coach Tony Dungy.
Here’s what we all believe about this case: If these prank calls had been made to average guys like you and me, there never would have been an arrest made.
The famous and privileged in this country enjoy a completely different system of justice from the one you and I live under. They are rarely called to account for their crimes, and when they are victimized (if we can call prank calls “victimization”) the accused are more likely to face harsher punishment. The second point is less often recognized, but nonetheless a valid indictment of our treatment of celebrity.
But the real takeaway from this story is that if prank calls are a felony we should all have been put away for life years ago.