Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sei No Evil

I missed Glee last night, so no FAB recap today, but did you see this?

Click the play button, I'll wait.

That was the "live" shot just outside the Grammy's and the reporter, Serene Branson, obviously struggling to speak, is now saying she suffered a seizure during a live shot when she was reporting from the Grammys on Sunday. Sources report that immediately following the garbled report, she was fine and received a check from paramedics at the scene, but experts are saying otherwise. Some believe that a deep rooted medical problem may be to blame for the incident.

Some speculate this was caused by a mini seizure and others wonder if it was the result of a slight stroke, brought on by prolonged exposure to bright and sometimes flashing lights. One thing is for sure, she couldn't wrap her brain around the words she needed to speak.

Having been in front of the camera once or twice in my life, I can speak from experience when I say, adrenaline, nerves and inexperience could be the culprit here. Let's just say, for the sake of argument, that this was her first "big shot" at a live shot. In her mind she had her career riding on this 15 second moment in front of the camera and she knew it. Panic and his evil cousin Anxiety might have chosen just that moment to wreak havoc on the poor woman, and once you open the floodgates to those two, the result could look something like this. If you've ever experienced a panic attack, you know exactly what I mean. I'm just sayin. This is my theory, cuz I've been there.

There are those who would say that to explain this away by diagnosing this as a simple panic attack is dangerous and reckless at best. I am certainly not a medical doctor nor do I play one on TV, I'm simply implying that if an extensive medical check up provides no evidence of a serious, underlying medical condition, that common condition called anxiety could be to blame. Look at all those "Funniest Home Videos" that show brides and grooms on their wedding day, garbling their vows and speaking in unrecognizable language. Some even fainted from the anxiety. It's a possibility.

I hope for Serene Branson's sake that this is the case, because I think at one time or another, we've all been there in some way.


Cora said...

In college I got a job at Toys "R" Us and had to make an announcement on the microphone across the entire store on my first or second day there. I was supposed to say "Alliyah assist in aisle A" or something like that, but all the A's in it completely tripped me up and I couldn't spit it out.

There I was on the microphone just stammering something nonsensical with a bunch of A's in it. I was horrified. The harder I tried to correct it, the worse it got.

The cashiers all turned and stared at me and I just cut off the microphone and walked away to the breakroom.

And I will never know if Alliyah assisted in aisle A or not.

BlahCooCooBlah said...

Hahaha what planet is she from, I don't understand!!! Nice post :D

sybil law said...

Well, it's never happened to me, but it was funny and kinda scary to watch her! I'm assuming she's been checked out by her doctor by now. I hope so!

LegalMist said...

Sorry you had to miss Glee last night. You must watch it online as soon as you can. Sue actually sings with the Glee club. And has some of her awesome fantastic zinger lines, as well. The students' drama this week is also entertaining topped with awesomesauce. I don't want to spoil anything for you, though, so I won't do a full recap here. Just go watch it as soon as you can. :) And be sure to catch this week's "Raising Hope" too. Another fantastic show, with laugh-out-loud lines.

Jane Lynch was a college roommate of a friend of mine, so I have sort of a fondness for her, even though I've never met her personally.

the walking man said...

I have been behind a microphone in public a thousand times at least. And I have seen people with the anxiety and helped them over it hundreds of times.

I say that this young reporter had also been in front of the Camera and behind the mic more than a few dozen times, even if it was just in her college classes.

I think there may be a deep brain misfire that happened and who knows what the triggers are until she is thoroughly tested.

I certainly wouldn't laugh at her in any case. That would cause ME shame.