||[Feb. 12th, 2012|06:17 pm]
This is probably going to offend the shit out of people but I don't fucking care. Also this is not directed toward anyone reading this so don't take my usage of the "general you" in any sort of personal way.
EVERY SINGLE TIME some celebrity/famous person dies and all the hype that comes with it appears, somebody (or multiple somebodies) out there HAS to come back with "omg this person in the military died too and they were a REAL HERO omg why don't you caaaare?" OF COURSE WE FUCKING CARE. And if I knew who (insert name of whoever they've decided to spotlight this time) was, I'd probably make a post about it. But the people who do shit like this are either people who are in the military getting all omg brotherhood about things (while not actually knowing the person), or people who want to be ~edgy~ and make a ~poooint~ and have no fucking idea who the hell the person is that they are posting about.
Look, man. I have the utmost respect for the United States Military. I think it is horrible that so many lives have been lost due to war in the last ~10 years and especially at such a young age, but I absolutely commend the willingness of our troops to do what it is that they do. But, as sad of a fact as this is, it happens every day. It SHOULDN'T, but it does. And when it happens to you, I fully respect your right to grieve accordingly. And, fine, I even get the aforementioned brotherhood, when done appropriately and not in the style I'm about to spend the rest of this post berating. But when celebrities (you know, people who EVERYONE has heard of) pass away and EVERYONE makes a post about it, don't make us feel like terrible people because we "don't care" that someone who made a real contribution to society has also passed on just because we have no clue who that individual person is and have therefore never heard of them or their specific passing, and don't just pass shit on regarding people you don't even know just because you think you're better than others for mocking a serviceman over a pop singer. At that point it becomes nothing more than an internet meme and quite frankly you're now disrespecting the deceased that you think you're trying to honor but all you're really doing is annoying the shit out of me.
I know everyone means well, but you suck.
And this is probably the part of what I have to say that will really offend people but fuck it: our troops get Veterans Day, Memorial Day, maybe 4th of July, and a whole host of sporting events that happen EVERY FUCKING DAY. Whitney Houston only dies once. So the whole "why don't people stop to think of the troops" argument is invalid.
Regardless of whether it was a famous person (and hell, regardless of whether the choices they made in life were good or bad) or a person who served our country or any other member of the worldwide population who ever existed, someone died and someone's family is sad and can we please just respect this without trying to one-up each other? "I'm better than you because I'm mourning THIS person's death" is the most retarded one-upmanship cause I've ever seen people fight for in my entire life.