Whenever a celebrity dies most decent people will think that it is a tragedy. Even if they weren’t fans of the particular actor, singer or writer they will still see the death of a human being as a tragic event, as that is the normal reaction to someone’s death.
However sadly as we all know a death in the limelight can often bring out the worst in people. It can cause people to become more judgemental and harsh than they would normally be and do things that to be blunt, make them look like complete and utter cretins.
Below are what I believe to be the worst 3 types of reactions I have seen on line to the deaths of celebrities. Please remember this the next time a celebrity passes on. Obviously if you put yourself in the limelight then you can expect to be judged more harshly than someone who is not, but like I said before the following examples are just people being dicks for whatever reasons.
3/ The Parasite’s
Another fairly obvious choice. You know the types the people who sell stories about a celeb after their passing claiming to be their long lost son, best friend or something like that, and are happy to talk sometimes mere hours after the celeb has died perfectly fine about this person they were supposedly so close with. Of course it is worth noting that sometimes a celebrity will have skeletons in their closet, or the person in question will have been their friend, but I think its safe to say that a lot of these people are often just parasites looking to get a quick buck. Sometimes even if they did genuinely know that person they will still milk it for all its worth.
The most revolting example of this is of course Michael Jacksons own father Joe Jackson.
2/ The Hypocrite’s
Probably the most famous awful reaction people have to a celebrities death is when people who slated the dead celebrity when they were alive suddenly start acting like their biggest fans.
Among the most notorious examples include NME magazine who regularly slated Winehouse, even nominating her for villain of the year twice opposite the likes of George W Bush and Osama Bin Laden. They also voted her worst dressed woman of the year twice.
Of course after Amy died they were among the first to come pouring in with their sycophantic tributes.
They also went on to vote her the 5th greatest icon a year later, one place above Jimi Hendrix! And also vote Rehab as the second greatest song ever made too.
How anyone takes NME seriously after this I don’t know they have just become a by word for hypocrisy in my opinion.
Eminem meanwhile is yet another example of this gross type of hypocrisy not only with Amy Winehouse whom he ridiculed when she was alive and praised after her death, but with Michael Jackson too. As you can see in the above picture Eminem slated Jackson and made jokes about him being a pedophille. After his death however he praised him as a genius.
Then of course there are the papers who have literally become a by word for this type of hypocrisy for everyone with their reactions to everyone from Princess Diana to Whitney Houston’s deaths.
These people I think are much worse than just hypocrites. They actually profit on the persons misery when they are alive. They slate this person when its trendy too (again more examples of kicking someone when they are down) follow them everywhere they go and take unflattering pictures of them and plaster them everywhere for people to see and laugh at. “Look how fat she is, ha he’s going bald”.
They profit from making these people’s pain worse, but then when that person dies and it becomes to trendy to say you like them again they praise them, perform at tribute concerts to them, give interviews about how influential they are, sell tribute issues about them, and profit from that.
They’re not only parasites and hypocrites but sheep too who always manage to find a way to twist something to benefit them.
However having said that I feel that there are people who blow this type of reaction out of all proportion and act like everyone who grieves for or even says they like the deceased celebrity is one of these people.
Indeed many people act like these celebrities were never popular when they were alive. The three most popular examples of this Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse and Michael Jackson were all massively successful when alive.
Also discovering an artist after they died or even because of their passing is not the same thing either.
Its important to point out who the actual hypocrites are and ask them what their true opinions of deceased are, rather than just accuse everyone who likes a deceased artist of being a hypocrite.
For instance NME what do you think of Amy? One minute she is included in a list alongside George W Bush, the next she is in a list with Jimi Hendrix?
Eminem you called MJ a pedo and a freak when he was alive and a misunderstood musical genius when he died. Tell me then when he was alive did you think he was innocent, but you still decided to call him a pedophile because that was the trendy thing to do? Or do you think he was a pedophile, but now you are calling him misunderstood because that is the trendy thing to do? Either way doesn’t make you look good.
1/ The Grief Police
These are the people who disgust me the most when a celebrity passes on, those who go around telling people which persons death to be upset over.
I guarantee you whenever any celebrity dies you will see this message from someone either in your facebook timeline, your twitter feed or even just in the comments section in a yahoo article.
“Oh come on everyone why are you getting upset over this one person you didn’t even know dying. A solider was killed today do you care. There are millions of people who are dying of starvation everyday and you don’t care about them”.
It always annoys me the way these comments are usually the highest rated or everyone feels intimidated by them.
First of all anyone who makes a comment like that doesn’t give a damn about the poor starving children, or the soldiers who are regularly killed in pointless conflicts. If they did they would be out doing something about it rather than ranting like a sad git on a tribute page to a celebrity. Ironically Amy Winehouse did more to help people through her many philanthropic activities than these people have ever done.
People who leave these comments about how they care about all the little people rather than celebrities who die only say that to try and make themselves look smarter. That’s all it is about, they want to prove they are so much more intelligent than the idiots who are getting so upset about a silly celebrity.
It is perfectly okay to feel upset over a celebrity you liked dying. Obviously within limits, but still I am not ashamed to say that I felt really devastated when Amy Winehouse whose music really touched me deeply passed on.
Fact is these people who claim to care about all the little people are full of shit as there is someone who dies every few minutes. Unless they are constantly crying over everyone who dies every few minutes then they are just like us. They recognize every death is tragic, but are obviously more affected by those whom they care about.
Chances are they wouldn’t be saying this if it was their favourite celebrity who died.
Its such a flawed logic they have anyway. Apparently because there are horrible things happening to other people you can’t be upset over someone else’s death. Where does it end? Are we going go to someone’s funeral and tell their loved ones to stop crying as there are hundreds of people dying of starvation today and that’s a worse tragedy than the one person they like dying?
They are grief police going round telling people not to feel bad about whomever they deem unworthy of sympathy’s death. Policing who we should grieve and who we shouldn’t and making sure the appropriate amount of tears have been shed for each person. Often it will be addicts that are the most undeserving of all, but they tend to do it to all celebrities.
They attack the recently deceased on their tribute pages and try and turn grief into some kind of competition. Pitting all of the “little people” who die against the celebs to see which is more tragic and that’s why I find them disgusting.
Now fair enough you might want to argue that a celebrities death should not get more exposure than another important world even. That’s fine, but that’s not the same thing. These people I am referring to will, especially if the celebrity in question was an addict make out that the celebrity is undeserving of attention or sympathy and that anyone who feels bad about their deaths is a moron or a sheep.
Oh the irony.
Its often worse when there is another tragedy side by side.
The classic example of this was when Amy Winehouse died and there was a tragedy in Norway on the same day where Anders Breivik slaughtered close to 100 people. There were endless remarks like this.
“1 junkie against 90 people in Norway I know what is the true tragedy”
“its disgusting that they haven’t mentioned anything about Norway since that junkie died”
“RIP to those people who died in Norway. Their deaths are real tragedies unlike that fucking Junkie whom I have no sympathy for as she brought it on herself.”
I cannot begin to describe how much these grief police sickened me that day.
Again are the two tragedies in competition with one another? Big deal an Amy Winehouse fan might be more upset about her dying.
If someone’s friend died that day would you tell them not to feel as bad about that, as its one person dying compared to the hundred in Norway.
Again if you want to say there should be more coverage given to the Norway tragedy as its a bigger event, fair enough. But as I said it went further and nastier than that. The hatred that Amy Winehouse got that day was staggering, all because she apparently stole sympathy from the Norway victims by dying? WHAT A BITCH!!!!
Once again the funny thing is the grief police didn’t care one bit about the victims in Norway anyway as these people who were apparently so upset about the victims in Norway, yet they showed far more hatred towards Amy Winehouse than to Anders Breivik the man who actually carried out that atrocity.
Ask yourself this, never mind who got more sympathy, who got more hatred that day? The young 27 year old woman who never did anyone any harm, who was by all accounts as you can see in the links I posted above a generous, charitable woman, who brought joy to millions, this blogger included with her music and whose only apparent crime was dying on that same day? Or the mass murdering lunatic who actually carried out that act of unspeakable horror and who showed no remorse and was even proud of the atrocity he committed!
Anyone who is reading this and who made those vile comments about Amy Winehouse do not for five seconds tell you actually cared about those people in Norway. If you did then the monster above would have been the object of your hatred, not the kind, caring woman above.
Oh I am sure these people would say they did hate Breivik more, but again ask yourself this who was the one they left all of the hateful comments to that day?
Who was the one whose life they wrote was meaningless? Who was the one they told the most disgusting jokes about? Who was the one they said they were glad had died?
That would be the woman above.
The idea that anyone could look at those two people and have more hatred towards Amy is sick and its ironic that the people who did have that reaction are the ones who went about lecturing other people on morale’s.
As we can see there are sadly many revolting ways ordinary people can react whenever a celebrity passes on, which are motivated by many things from opportunism to just plain hypocrisy.
Ultimately however at the end of the day there’s no excuse for having more hatred towards Amy Winehouse for being an addict than towards a mass murdering sadist like Breivik.