Bill Cosby, Jian Ghomeshi, Rob Ford. Three prominent media promoted personas that have gone down in the public “sphere”, only offering meaningless babble to defend themselves. What’s going on here? Why would anyone submit to such a public dressing down, especially if, as I believe, the entire circumstances and events are staged?
All events are made to look real, but if you follow up on each case, there are signs of a simulation. “Court” cases get thrown out, participants “die” or move on, and in the end, almost nothing happens from a real or legal point of view.
The effect is the same, however, and the “damage” is done. So why on this terra firma would they agree to it?
All I can think of is that they all belong to some sort of secret society, and this is them paying their dues to move to the next level or as a punishment for not agreeing to participate or wanting to exit from the society. Is this the masons or some equivalent group we don’t know about? The whole definition of secret societies make it nearly impossible to figure out, so once more, we’re forced to speculate.
Public humiliation is the dishonoring showcase of a person, usually an offender or a prisoner, especially in a public place. It was regularly used as a form of punishment in former times, and is still practiced by different means in the modern era.
Just like painful forms of corporal punishment, it has parallels in educational and other rather private punishments (but with some audience), in school or domestic disciplinary context, and as a rite of passage.
Rite of Passage
The population of a society belongs to multiple groups, some more important to the individual than others. Van Gennep uses the metaphor, “as a kind of house divided into rooms and corridors.” A passage occurs when an individual leaves one group to enter another; in the metaphor, he changes rooms.