What are crocodile tears? They are used to show superficial sympathy -- a false or insincere display of emotion. They belong to hypocrites (one of whom is pictured above).
Some people, and I include myself, might label Dr. Conrad Murray's show of crying -- waving his arm, asking for a tissue, then wiping at his eyes during his televised manslaughter trial -- as crocodile tears.
A couple of telling synonyms for crocodile tears are "psychological manipulation" and "shallow emotions". Take from this what you will, recognizing that Murray is on trial for causing the death of pop icon Michael Jackson and he needs to get some sympathy.
Poor, poor Conrad.
Keep in mind that Michael Jackson can no longer cry. He's dead. And, as he was dying, his doctor Conrad Murray wasn't even in the room monitoring Jackson's dangerous drug-induced state -- a state for which Murray was responsible. It was Murray who procured and administered the drug Propofol for Jackson.
Murray was in another room talking on his cell phone to one of his three, young girlfriends. Oh, yes, he was also talking to another girl friend while riding with Jackson in an ambulance to the hospital. This behavior demonstrates Murray's character and focus -- quite a dandy, and randy, doctor.
His actions also show Murray's ease with abandonment. This isn't merely an issue when it comes to his patients, like Jackson; but, it's an issue when it comes to his own children, that's seven children by six different women, reports CNN's "In Session" blog.
To illustrate, Conrad Murray has been $16,000 delinquent in child support payments to the mother of one of his children. He's been taken to court for being a deadbeat dad and almost lost is medical license in both California and Nevada, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Poor, poor Conrad.
Murray vacations in ocean (pictured above) with current girlfriend and 7th child.
Shakespeare made prominent use of the expression "crocodile tears" in several plays. In Othello Act IV, Scene i:
"O devil, devil!
If that the earth could teem with woman's tears,
Each drop she falls would prove a crocodile.
Out of my sight!
Again, Shakespeare, in Henry VI, part 2 Act III, Scene i:
"...and Gloucester's show
Beguiles him as the mournful crocodile
With sorrow, snares relenting passengers;"
Perhaps this photo of Conrad Murray (above) is my favorite. The doctor is getting a pedicure in preparation for his trial.
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