The Water Cooler – Forgiving Good Looking Criminals & Celebrities Who Break the Law

June 24, 2014 12:00 pm · 64 comments


The “Water Cooler” is a feature on where we ask you a question or provide a topic, and you talk about it!

The “Water Cooler” will be up Monday-Friday at noon!

Today’s question:

The man pictured above, Jeremy Weeks, was arrested last week by the Stockton Police on weapons & gang charges. Since his mugshot was posted online, it has gone viral because many people think he’s a good looking man.

Question….Do you think the general public is more forgiving of good looking people (Jeremy Weeks, John Gotti) and/or celebrities (Mike Tyson; rape, Martha Stewart; perjury, OJ Simpson; murder, etc.) when they break the law, no matter what the crime is they committed?

Talk about it….

1 Concordejet June 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

That remind me of the O.J. Simpson case 20 years ago. O.J. is a good looking. did we forgive him? no, Somebody like Paris Hilton and list goes on should be put behind bar.

2 Enfield303 June 24, 2014 at 12:06 PM

I don’t think the general public is more forgiving, I think the justice system is more forgiving of the rich/celebrities. Think Lindsey Lohan.

3 Rob June 24, 2014 at 12:07 PM

Physical Attractiveness of course helps – it helps with dating, marriage, jobs, raises, trials, etc… its just a part of human nature.

4 hmm June 24, 2014 at 12:08 PM

It’s only because he has blue eyes. If he had brown eyes it would be just another thug. But OH NO BLUE EYES OMG OMG OMG

5 ConcordMike June 24, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Haven’t we seen enough of this idiot?
Don’t glamorize badguys or give them notoriety. Punish them.
Why didn’t you post a pic of a soldier who is fighting for your right to post this kind of c%*p?

6 Anne Moss June 24, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Martha Stewart is good looking?

7 Eddie spaghetti June 24, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Uh……..have you been to America?…’s all about looks and superficiality……….look at Kim Kardashian and people like that.

8 Electric Chair June 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

That is just one photo. He really is not good looking in others.
It was just a bunch of ghetto women who love bad boys. The tat by his eye says it all.

9 Me June 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

Its about MONEY not forgiveness.

10 Anon777 June 24, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Absolutely “pretty” and “rich” people get better treatment across the board (remember the lady teacher molestor who was “too pretty” to go to jail and got 4 years off her probation?!). This guy just happened to take a good pic that day. Google and view some others and you’ll see he’s just another ghetto felon gang banger.

11 Sis Boom Bah June 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

This scum bag is good looking? I don’t think so.

Looks alone mean nothing as to how a person act.

This guy with worth less than pigeon spit and that is just how much respect he deserves.

12 ms.v June 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

It’s not just the justice system it’s every day life.

13 Anon777 June 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Which is probably why they raised his bail to a million dollars!

14 Dee June 24, 2014 at 12:41 PM

I really don’t see what the fuss is all about this guy. Good looking? Uh NO he is not

15 Subterfuge June 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

@eddie spaghetti;
That’s not what America is all about. That’s what the paparazzi is all about. America is a war mongering nation. We are about war for profit. Get it right.

16 SKS June 24, 2014 at 12:42 PM

Let me continue the list:

Eric Holder, dereliction of duty as the US Attorney General
Hillary Clinton, dereliction of duty as the US Secretary of State
Gavin Newsom, failing to follow the laws of the State of California
Lois Lerner, perjury
Leland Yee, conspiracy, gun running, bribery.

Barack Obama:
1. Dereliction of duty as the President to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States.

17 Silva June 24, 2014 at 12:51 PM


18 KJ June 24, 2014 at 12:54 PM

Actually, I was surprised that people found this guy attractive — skinhead, tattoos, dead-looking eyes (granted they are a lovely shade of blue). My first thought when I saw the photo was, “YUCK!”

As to your question: Yes, I suppose people are more forgiving of good-looking criminals, which is probably why lawyers tell their clients to dress nicely when they go to court.

19 @#15 June 24, 2014 at 12:55 PM

I hear Al Qaeda is hiring…

20 Momo June 24, 2014 at 1:01 PM

If you saw other pictures of him, you wouldn’t think he is good looking at all. In fact he is very unattractive. And it shouldn’t make a difference if he is or isn’t. Rarely are the pretty ones the nice ones.

21 funny man June 24, 2014 at 1:04 PM

Rules to Life
Step 1: Be Attractive.
Step 2: Don’t be Unattractive
Step 3: ????
Step 4: PROFIT!!!

22 @@Vindex June 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

Who said he was handsome? Some sicko.

23 Cowellian June 24, 2014 at 1:05 PM

He looks downright creepy to me.

24 jtkatec June 24, 2014 at 1:09 PM

I’m with Cowellian on this one. Looks like a mass murderer to me.

25 anon June 24, 2014 at 1:12 PM

His future ,prison and die young.

26 Incognito June 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder…
Personally, this man does nothing for me. But to each is own.

Also, I don’t think the “general public” is forgiving of those who are better looking or those who are celebrities… it’s all about money.

27 Isabelle June 24, 2014 at 1:23 PM

He could be handsome if he got all of those tattoos off his face. If he does the crime, he does the time.

28 Swoooon! June 24, 2014 at 1:34 PM

I don’t even want to know what he did. I want to have his babies and make more of those eyes!

29 Widowmaker2213 June 24, 2014 at 1:48 PM

This guy is a murdering thug and we’ll all be better off with him in state prison.
If people think he is so charming ,introduce him to your daughter and invite
Him over for Sunday dinner..

30 iluvfriedchicken June 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM

human beings are suckers for good-looking or cute things. it’s a fact that cute endangered animals get lots of attention and donations, but ugly endangered animals are ignored and forgotten.

but intelligence beats good looks in the long run. so read a book and watch out for the good-looking ones because they might be a psychopath, like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

31 ClayDen June 24, 2014 at 1:50 PM


You forgot Bill Clinton (perjury, rape, dereliction of duty……); maybe we could arrange adjacent cells for him and Barack.

32 Jojo Potato June 24, 2014 at 2:04 PM

Several years ago this site published a quiz, can you pick the mass murderer or the computer language designer, have a try.

Regards, Jojo

33 Miss Dizzy June 24, 2014 at 2:54 PM

He’s so dreeaamy. I can fix him and make a family man out of him.

34 Concordejet June 24, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Now we are talking about movie stars I would say Michael Jackson would count because of the horrible crime he omitted and he was not guilty True MONEY will not get you anywhere to forgiveness it like buying forgiveness.

35 ANNONeeemoose June 24, 2014 at 3:37 PM

Didn’t you all see the rest of his photos and read his story? THIS IS PROOF that ANYONE can take ONE good photo. This was it for him. Good grief.

36 Dorothy June 24, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Not my cup of tea. But some of the brain dead dingbats only see what they want to see and that one picture makes him look pretty.

But there have many studies and surveys that show good looks will get a lot of people off the hook for any number of things.

37 The Mamba June 24, 2014 at 3:59 PM

I don’t think people are more forgiving, I do think they me more likely to follow the case though. Casey Anthony, Scott Peterson and that crazy woman in AZ come to mind.

38 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 24, 2014 at 4:05 PM

classic example why most women cannot be trusted with important decisions.

39 Subterfuge June 24, 2014 at 4:19 PM

You better get over there, then.

40 Marissa June 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

He doesn’t look that great, and he’s just a baby himself. This is terrible. Well, maybe if he removed some of those face tats.

41 WC Resident June 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

In our society, looks and money count more than personality, intellect, charm or anything of substantial merit. I guarantee there will be more women interested in a thug this if he was to show up at a local bar or club than the smart or kind but not so good looking guy. Women in our society are just hard-wired to emotionally react like that. (of course, many women here are going to say they would not want to date him, because he proved to be a murderer).

Don’t cry to me ladies, when your good looking man turns out to be a
total a-hole.

42 WC Resident June 24, 2014 at 4:57 PM

Just to follow up to post #30 – i prefer to reading a good book than dealing with most human beings in general.

43 anonanonagain June 24, 2014 at 5:07 PM

I think society does attribute certain qualities to a person that they may or not possess just by their being good looking. We tend to see them as smarter, nicer and more successful even though that may not be the case. If you put a picture of a less than attractive person IE: one with missing teeth, balding, overweight etc. people tend to judge less favorably of that person……

44 wiz June 24, 2014 at 5:10 PM

Pretty boys can kill you just as dead.

45 What security June 24, 2014 at 5:22 PM

Good looking people get breaks in life sad but true.
The hotter you look people fall all over you. Then there are my favorites the Haters…..

46 Kelly Anne June 24, 2014 at 5:33 PM

Money buys freedom. As for these idiots fawning over him,they’re probably a bunch of chicks who would be pen pals with Scott Peterson.

47 Jose June 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

He clearly looks like a gangster thug. Who in the heck likes that kind of trash. Clearly people like trash.

48 Monkey June 24, 2014 at 5:47 PM

Omg he is perfect looking. As symmetrical as anyone could be, and with beautiful full lips , a chiseled jaw line, gorgeous eyes and nose . Althi he’s pretty, a thug still . Looks do help , anywhere .

49 He will be quite popular in Prison June 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM

……..leaning over his bunk…….. squealing like a pig……..while the Buck with the most Cigarettes busts his Bowels Wiiiiiiide open…..

50 Anon June 24, 2014 at 6:26 PM

Anyone willing to forgive that POS, is clearly a f$%^$ed human being.

51 Atticus Thraxx June 24, 2014 at 6:47 PM

I’d hit that.

52 Yhe Phantom June 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM


Please consider deleting #49

“He will be quite popular in Prison June 24, 2014 at 5:57 PM
……..leaning over his bunk…….. squealing like a pig……..while the Buck with the most Cigarettes busts his Bowels Wiiiiiiide open…..

They are reliving a life experience and it’s to personal for the thread.

53 Anonymous June 24, 2014 at 8:27 PM

Well said!

54 not cute June 24, 2014 at 10:14 PM

He smells of gun powder, B.O and grass

55 An Unmarried Man June 24, 2014 at 10:56 PM

Monkey….I hope you and the rest of the female trolls are kidding about him being good looking and perfect. Otherwise you and the rest of these trolls may end up six feet under.

56 anon June 25, 2014 at 4:33 AM

Doesn’t the teardrop mean he has killed before? A POS is still a POS.

57 GoodLooksBetterTreatment June 25, 2014 at 6:41 AM

Yes. I do believe good looks help. Do you remember the teacher who was playing around with one of her teenage students a few years ago? The judge said she was “too pretty” to be in jail….unbelievable isn’t it? The devil could be living inside of an attractive person, but we judge by what we see on the outside.

58 Killjoy June 25, 2014 at 6:45 AM

@Atticus Thraxx #51
With what? A baseball bat? Sledge hammer? Golf club? You need to be more specific!

59 Eddie spaghetti June 25, 2014 at 8:53 AM

This is what he looks like on a regular basis

60 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 25, 2014 at 1:03 PM

the favorable female response to this piece of human trash is exactly why you cannot delegate important decisions to the average woman. Such a sorry commentary on the entire gender.

61 Don't be suprised June 25, 2014 at 2:04 PM

@post 60 –

agreed. and the fact that so many of these female heffers in their double wide mobile homes still want to date him – all the more reason to stay single.

62 Smart,Goodlooking&Debonaire June 25, 2014 at 2:51 PM

@anon, #56: according to Wikipedia, the teardrop tattoo under the eye can mean the following:
“The tattoo can have several meanings, including signifying the number of years spent in prison, the number of times they were raped while incarcerated, or the fact that the wearer has killed someone.”


63 PHILTHYphresh June 25, 2014 at 4:02 PM

he sure looked good doing it

64 Those neck tatoos will begin to fade in Prison....... June 25, 2014 at 4:48 PM

after multiple applications of a Sticky White Substance.

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