WHY Statements Like STING’S are Disingenuous.

 

Sting. Sting. Sting. I am so glad to have you as a role model for responsible parenting.

 

 You make my heart sing Sting (see what I did there?)

 

Let’s discuss your plans- just between us.

 

I have traveled a bit. I get your worldly out-look. International travel is a social leveler. Toilets back-up no matter how many green tax credits you can write off your bottom line by fueling your jet in Ireland.

 

I would like to say I’ve been ‘fortunate’ but that wouldn’t be the whole truth– I have worked very hard and studied to be skilled in recognizing opportunity and follow through.

 

You have also worked hard.  L-i-t-e-r-a-l-l-y. Remember the inspiration for Every Breath You Take? Oh, the beach will never be the same for me.

 

 As you know, I have more money then I need- but I’m not just going to give it all away you turd.

 

I would like to say I’ve been ‘lucky’ but that wouldn’t be the whole truth– I’ve almost never spent money I didn’t have unless I was very confident that there would be a monetary ‘gain’ at the end. Like a Grammy win.

 

I give to charities. I volunteer. I draw lines in the sand and incite others to respond (get your head out of the gutter Gordon). And if I have set-up trust-funds for my children, then that information will remain private, because, there is no way in Hell that I think that’s anyone’s business.

 

On a ‘Need-To Know- scale I think it rates about a -zero- and I’ve counseled you on your propensity to share TMI.

 

Was it the organic whiskey backstage between downward facing dogs or the beautiful sunset on the catamaran with the servant boys blowing into our sails that caused you to not heed my warning?

 

And Sting- I don’t believe you. It’s not that your lying, your just not telling the whole truth. And you know how I relish the truth (especially at sunrise after a bottle of fair trade tequila and worms in places that they don’t belong, you devil).

 

It goes to reason that your children have lived with all of the opportunity that great wealth can provide, that they have, and will continue to have, the benefit of your contacts and influence, that as much as you say you desire them to work for their own fortune- they have already benefited from yours.

 

Listen, I’ve got kid’s too.

 

So why the ‘spilling of the porridge’ when we all know you haven’t eaten this slop in an ion’?

 

As much as I respect your unabated, and unceasing relentless desire to influence all those around you, you are just not a ‘regular’ guy with otherworldly concerns.

 

You are Sting.

 

And I’ve been to your Island*.

 

*note: I have ACTUALLY been to his island. He did not invite me. It was just a happy mistake made by the captain of the sailboat I was traveling on. Or something like that….

 

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  • Lana - So funny! My hubby and I were just talking about this yesterday. He’s not that old, and his kids aren’t that young. By the time he kicks it, there will be grandchildren, so he’ll probably change his mind again and leave it all to them. Or, Stewart and Andy could probably use some money…ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I understand the wisdom of not leaving 500 million to your 6 kids, but to say that they won’t get a penny and make it sound like you’ve discovered some ‘secret’ to responsible parenting is just arrogance at the highest level.ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Greenthal - Two things:

    1. I don’t like Sting, the Police, etc, and never have. He’s always seemed pretentious and annoying.

    2. I don’t understand why wealthy people don’t want to leave money to their children. Why in the world would anyone work hard, grow their wealth, and then not want to leave it to their family? Or at least some of it?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - 1. he’s not telling the Whole Truth
      2. he truly believes he is more evolved then the rest of us.

      Jesus- what an ass.ReplyCancel

  • Cary - You are so right. His influence and connections is a lot more priceless than what my parents will leave me.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - And, who’s he kidding- the kids are already taken care of for Christ’s sake with cars, homes, travel, bank accounts, investments. This is such blow.ReplyCancel

  • Diane - As a parent, everything I gain is FOR my children and grandchildren. That, to me is the circle of life. My parents raised me and did all they could so I would have what I need to carry on. And that’s what I do for my children. To raise your kids with privilege, means it may take effort to instil in them a work ethic and a sense of responsibility. BUT YOU DO IT!!! You don’t turn them out without the proverbial penny and expect them to somehow stumble on the knowledge!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He’s such a condescending ass. Of course- you’re correct on ALL ACCOUNTS! I hope he was saying that with his EXTREME wealth he and his wife don’t think it’s wise to leave 600million to them. I ‘get it’, but to try to have us believe that his kids will be left with nothing is just embarrassing- and not true. Idiot interview.ReplyCancel

  • mindy trotta - He never floated my boat either, but I don’t understand why everyone is doubting him. Perhaps he’s not leaving anything to his kids after he’s gone because he’s giving them so much while he’s still alive! There is no law that says you have to leave your money, etc. to your kids. Pretentious, very…but he’s entitled to do whatever he wants with his money. As you, Cheryl (and John Houseman) said…he EARNED it! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I agree! He can do whatever he wants with his wealth, and I’m impressed it’s so much! God love him, but he interviewed with an entirely different spin on it- trying to influence other parents to do the same in an attempt to dilute fortunes from staying in the hands of a single family. To ‘spread the wealth’ so to speak. Social engineering if you may. If he REALLY feels this way- he shouldn’t take a single tax deduction and leave it all to charities, but to say he’s leaving his children nothing is just not true. I’m sure they already have their share. His PR spin on his financial decisions are not the Whole Truth.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Roy - Well, unless we’re Trudie Styler or Sting’s accountant, we don’t know whether he’s lying or not. To put it bluntly, I’ve always thought Sting was an asshole. This makes him an even bigger asshole in my opinion. If he wants to distribute the wealth, then why not do it now? Why wait until the party’s over and he’s six feet under? But I will say that I do see the merit in his thinking. If more of the global 1% would hop on this band wagon, what a wonderful world it would be. But good luck, Gordon, because I don’t think the lion’s share of those rich bastards would go for it. You make an excellent point about the contacts, influence and financial support Sting’s kids have already enjoyed. That makes a huge difference in life. So his kids already win. I still think he should leave them SOMETHING. But he’s a pretentious git, and perhaps it’s the school teacher in him that prompts him to teach the world a lesson.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - There is a ‘key’ point in his conversation/interview where he says he doesn’t intend to leave anything to his kids after he’s gone. I’m sure he is leaving them much BEFORE he goes, but his intent is to influence Social engineering. Great. He can do whatever he wants but ya know there’s some stupid Sting fan out there that just changed their will and now that person’s kids will never have a cushion. I like cushions. Downy filled and covered in 800 count thread. Ha!ReplyCancel

      • Linda Roy - Yeah, it’s über arrogant to attempt the social/ethical landscape with one’s own “brilliant” musings. That’s SO Sting, through and through. Maybe Police was a telling band name? 😉ReplyCancel

  • Carol Cassara - This made me laugh out loud. Yes, he is Sting. And I was over him so long ago, too
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  • Alana - I work hard, really hard, to not know what is going on in the life of any celebrity. And now you ruined all my work. But seriously – This is one of the best blog posts I’ve read in a long time. Sting, just realize that whatever you want to do re your family, no reason for the world to know. But sadly, thousands of news outlets for this type of crap exist, just waiting to hand on some famous person’s words of …what is the opposite of wisdom, anyway?ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - I know. I work hard at not ‘knowing’ either. So I apologize for bursting your sane, intelligent, reasonable, normal, earthly, adult, wise, balanced, mind. We are but mortals in the Land of Sting. And I want off.ReplyCancel

  • penpen - Hasn’t he heard of compromise? He doesn’t have to leave it ALL to his kids, just enough to make them feel special in their daddy’s eyes. Then spread it around and do good.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - He’s going to set-them up BEFORE he goes. Jesus, the entire interview was sooooo condescending!ReplyCancel

  • Courtney Conover - Just stopping in to co-sign with you, Cheryl. I thought this was poppycock when I first heard of this yesterday…

    Something smells rotten in Denmark, as they say. (Or shall I say Ireland? lol). I don’t think we’ve been told the whole story.

    It seems Sting is more than willing to share with us his plans (or lack thereof) to giveth to his kids following his demise…but he’s tight-lipped on how they’ve already been helped: Don’t tell me that being the offspring of Sting hasn’t in and of itself already led to a wealth of opportunity.

    Great post.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - Exactamundo Court! You said it much better then I did. Maybe you should write a blog? Hahahaaaa Happy to see you! Now I must swing by your way…..ReplyCancel

  • Rena McDaniel - These people make me crazy! Who cares maybe next month he’ll get with Gwenyth and they can unconsciously uncouple with their money together!ReplyCancel

  • Carrie - Celebrities always take the holier-than-thou stance on everything. They don’t live in the same world we do.

    It’s real hard to stomach most of their drivel.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl - That’s it! Holier-than-thou! The Immortals. Living in the clouds. They should stay there.ReplyCancel

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