Many blogs are made for the purpose of discussing current affairs. I've created my blog to be otherwise. Sure, there are flippant posts about footwear because I like to laugh at myself and others, and I try to be very real, but I never get into what's going on in the world at large.
BUT NOT TODAY!!
The death of Paul Walker has left me really disappointed in humanity. Every time I was on Facebook over the weekend I cringed when I saw a new meme. Some made me physically ill and some made me flat out irate.
Every time I saw a 'Fast and Furious; Irony' meme I felt so sorry for his family who had to see that bull shit.
There were the ones paying homage to Roger Rodas, which I respect to a certain extent. Some were tastefully done..
But others were very tacky and shaming the way they went about recognizing Roger. I was apalled at the way some people went about chastising internet strangers for what they felt was a personal slight.
I DO understand that people wanted to shed light to the fact that Paul wasn't the only loss in the accident. But Paul was just more well known.
Social media isn't blasted every time there is a death. To say, "No one remembers the driver just because he wasn't famous" you might as well write up a meme for EVERY death on November 30th because none of those got recognition either.
People mourn the loss of things they know. Paul was someone that affected our lives to a small degree just by being in movies that we loved. (we loved those movies, right?) If we were to mourn every death we didn't know about just because they happened, we would be grief stricken every moment of our lives. That isn't possible. So whereas I respect those who brought light to Roger's life and death, I do not think it's appropriate to do so in a condescending fashion.
I can't imagine I'd appreciate people being shamed into mourning for me.
And then there was this one. When I saw it and I was both sickened and furious all in one glance.
I can't even get into all the ways this is wrong without becoming ranting mad. I'll try to remain dignified and just point out two clearly infuriating points.
First, just because a celebrity is receiving a lot of media attention does not mean that those sharing the news are unpatriotic. Soldiers deaths are ALWAYS on our minds. Memes ARE generated in support of our troops and fallen soldiers every day. To use Paul's death to promote your agenda is, in my opinion, shockingly disrespectful.
And second, THAT is what's wrong with America? Of all the things wrong with it; our struggling health care, the unemployment and homeless rate, the failings of the president, children being gunned down in schools, of all those things, knowing about Paul's death and not Brian Terry's is what's wrong with America? That?
How dare people try to shame others. How dare they!
Just because you can make a meme, doesn't mean you should.
And don't even get me started on the comments section!!
Too late, I'm started.
People are sick and disgusting. I know it's the cardinal rule of the World Wide Web, DO NOT READ THE COMMENTS SECTION. It was an accident, I swear. There were some purely disgusting things said disparaging both Paul and Roger in the comments of perfectly innocent tributes to these men.
I say it time and again, the internet is too much.
Can we all, as a society, please show a little respect?
[Brian Terry is the soldier in the photo above. He was a border patrol agent killed in Operation Fast and Furious. May he rest in peace.]