I don’t know how many people stopped Adam on the street, or approached him in a restaurant when he was just the “theater guy.” But in a few short months, I imagine that has changed tremendously. We watched Adam’s popularity grow on American Idol, and now he is on just about every morning talk show across the country. He became a household name in a matter of months. The loss of anonymity has occurred…and you can’t unring that bell.
The TMZ video below shows one of the first likely incidents of Adam just trying to live his life (privately), and discovering he is being followed by a reporter. Many have labeled this the “Date with a Girl” video, or “The Pointed Question” that didn’t quite get asked at the very end. But I think these are just superficial observations that don’t really get to the crux of the matter.
If you maintain your anonymity, does it really matter who you go on a date with? …not really, because no one cares! If you are relatively anonymous, does anyone publicly attempt to ask you about your orientation on anything? No. It is the loss of anonymity that opens the door for the public at large to look in, and be persistent observers of things that would otherwise be private.
So far, Adam seems to be handling all of this really well. He is a performer, and I believe that he thrives on being in the spotlight — although not all people would! Someday he may be living behind high brick walls and security gates, driving around in limos with tinted windows, and ordering his food in to avoid throngs of fans and reporters. If this is the life he dreams of, I will be there to help him achieve all the fame and fortune that goes with it!
The world is full of yin and yang, and consequences shift as we take different paths in our lives… What’s your take on Adam’s loss of anonymity? How will his path in life change as a result?