26 June, 2009

On Mourning Celebrities

Yes, he was talented. Yes, he broke new ground. Yes, it's sad when anyone dies.

But really, unless you are a family or friend, why on earth are you in floods of tears/joining a support group/setting up a shrine?

"Oh no, that's a shame. I wonder if anyone will make a joke about [insert here]" would seem a far more usual approach.

JK Rowling dying before Book 7 came out would have been upsetting. Obviously, it would be sad that she had died (again, because she is a person and it's always sad when a person dies) but it would be annoying because we would never have known the end of the series.

I wonder if I am a bad human being?


Bar or Bust said...

I could not agree with you more, I do not understand where this mawkish need to public express out porings of grief about someone you have never met comes from.

Annoying and Pointless

Good luck with the Pupillage applications.

nought.point.zero said...

Don't even joke about JK dying before book 7!!! I know it can't happen now, but even the thought of it... Jesus... it would have killed me

Mel said...

I agree with you about the crying and shrines and stuff.

On the other hand, he is the Elvis for many people. It's the first time I've been genuinely sad about a famous person dying - he seemed so sad! Being accused of child abuse, if the accusations were false (he was never found guilty) is pretty cold/evil.

And if he killed himself trying to put on 50 shows to pay debts resulting from losses resulting from his drop in value after false child abuse claims - pretty sad. Especially for a guy who'd probably had it rough enough as it was!

So only semi agree I suppose!