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04 January 2005 @ 11:23 am
headlines {pissed off}  
this, i think, related to one of my biggest gripes about the media and the way events are covered/reported.

our daily newspaper has a huge headline today announcing that one of australia's football players was confirmed dead in the south east asia tragedy. there are pictures of grieving family members, quotes about their heartache and loss. in fact, ever since the tsunami hit there's been coverage about this football player, about his wife who made it back safely, about how no-one knew where he was and if he was safe, etc etc. and it makes me fucking sick.

what about the other 149,999 (roughly) other people who have died as a result of the tsunami? why is this one person highlighted in grief and mourning -- why is his family's anguish any more important than the grieving of all the millions of other families around the world who have lost loved ones? and not just as a result of the tsunami. people died in australia this weekend because of other causes. a drowning, road accidents, not to mention the people who die daily due to cancers and other diseases. do they ever get a mention? do their families? of course not.

the hero worship that we have in western countries makes me want to SCREAM. sure i feel bad for his familiy that they've lost their son, husband, friend. just like i feel bad for all the other families who have lost that and more. why is his death worthy of a front page news story? what makes him more important and more newsworthy than anyone else?

oh, thats right. because he was a football player. a sports star. and don't australians have the reputation for hero worship especially of their sporting greats.

people are people, whether they can kick a football or not. if we want to worship someone, why don't we worship brain surgeons? heart surgeons? emergency service workers? people who actually do something worth worshipping. why haven't we heard about any doctors who have died over in south east asia, any ambulance crew? so they're not as "worthwhile" as the sports stars of this country? it makes me SO SICK how as a nation we parade our 'heros' up high, bow down to them in adulation and make their feelings more significant than any one elses. that football player, his wife wasn't the only newlywed who was widowed on december 26. thousands of other young wives lost their husbands during a time which should have been their happiest celebration yet.

there are a million untold stories in the wake of this devastation. why, oh why is one person's held up above the others, just because he could kick a ball? what makes their suffering anymore dreadful than that of anyone elses?

the priorities we have are truly messed up.

{also, i don't have a "pissed off" icon. that's probably a good thing because it means i don't get really pissed off very often to not want to use a pretty icon, but is a minor gripe at the moment when i really AM annoyed. grr. haha, i'm a dork.}

wingsunfurl on January 4th, 2005 01:25 am (UTC)
the media is just so "celebrity obsessed" its sickening. :\
sylvia plath's revengevaniityx on January 4th, 2005 02:03 am (UTC)
i understand completely. people can't even come close to comprehending large quantities of death. so the reaction is to come up with a way to show one person's death, and all of the context surrounding it. so, naturally they use someone known and loved by a lot of people. but it doesn't do any good. people can't understand that what happened to that person, all that context, all the people that loved him, his hopes & dreams. . . that happened to another 150,000 people.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
and whilst it's one way to use one person has a way to "represent" the deaths (you made a good point)... why is it always a celebrity? it's like they are saying that that person's life was more meaningful than the others. and it's like that because they are always doing this. worshipping the people in the spotlight. blah.

grr. sorry for the rant... again ;)
sylvia plath's revengevaniityx on January 4th, 2005 03:45 am (UTC)
at first, i thought that perhaps it was just because people could relate to knowing the famous person. but they can't relate. if they want to show the context around a person's death, they should show someone like you & me. that we can relate to.

and you don't have to apologize about the rant. they happen.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
yes, exactly !!!
show someone who hasn't touched a million lives (well, not that i ever think that a sports player can significantly "touch" people's lives, but that's me being anti-sports star and a rant for another time...!), but who has touched maybe 50 people significantly. like most people in the world. it's like when a movie star or a singer gets cancer and all of a sudden we're meant to feel bad for them... but not a word goes on about all the other thousands of ordinary who have the disease. blah. it just disgusts me because it's always the same story, over and over.
?starlakitty on January 4th, 2005 02:31 am (UTC)
dragon's milktangledlimbs on January 4th, 2005 04:06 am (UTC)
i think that whenever i hear about , say, a soldier dying in iraq or something. its like uhm..okay. but what about everyone ELSE that died? oh yeah, they dont matter because they arent "us"

it makes me sick.
    scarlet's walk: [icon_goddess] so cool so coldkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 05:11 am (UTC)
ps: welcome back - are you home from seattle now? how was it?

but yes, exactly...although in this case it's not so much i mind hearing about the australian's who were killed over there, but that they chose to focus on a "star" rather than an "ordinary" person. as though we should mourn his death anymore than the other australians, or any more than ANYone. blah, it's pathetic.
Jessica: Jessica Made for me by: image_of_puddinsweetkisses13 on January 4th, 2005 06:44 am (UTC)
I totally agree with what your saying about all the other countless people dying and them focusing on a football player. The focus hear has been on some model who lost her husband and she is injured but, not a great deal. I think it is sick and completely sad where we live in a society that only care about the people of the entertainment industry and sports players. We seriously need to get our heads thinking about the right things and not just the people who are famous. There are other people in the world.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 08:21 am (UTC)
definitely !!
Jessica: Jessica Made for me by: image_of_puddinsweetkisses13 on January 4th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
Kirstiekirsidee on January 4th, 2005 07:49 am (UTC)
celebrity worship sickens me.
krystallos on January 4th, 2005 08:47 am (UTC)
i echo your frustration.
petracollarbone on January 4th, 2005 11:46 am (UTC)
Perhaps the media thinks that people can relate more to a famous person's death and get more out of the story because they "know" them. Celebrities and their lives are common property, they seem to think. They think they get closer to people. But I agree that it's fucked up. If everyone thought it was, then it would surely change; but as it is now the media is writing how they think their readers want them to write. They're trying to gain profit, like any corporation. A headline saying "Famous footballer he-and-he is dead" is likely to sell more than one saying "Peter from Brisbane lost his wife". And yes that is fucked up, as well.
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 10:27 pm (UTC)
i agree with you.
nreith20 on January 4th, 2005 12:27 pm (UTC)
I absolutely agree with everything you said.

BUT WHO THE HELL IS HE? I never heard of him UNTIL this happend. I feel for the family, but seriously I had never heard of him until now.

A different note:

I remember the first night I watched the news and how a family was on there saying to the prime minister to do something cos there brother/son with down syndrome was swept away. And all I could say was, your not the only one with a family member missing. But the news was settled on that family. Have we heard of them since??????
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 10:33 pm (UTC)
Re: right
yeah i didn't know of him either - but i make a point of not paying attention to the footy 'cos i can't stand it lol.

i felt sad about the boy with down syndrome -- i don't mind stories like that because you can really feel for the family. but they've been talking about this football player ever since it happened. i remember watching one of the news shows in the first few days and one of the reporters was asking someone over there "is there any hope for [insert footy player here]" and i just thought... "right, as if any of the rescuers give a stuff about ONE particular person, they're trying to find as many people alive as they can!"

how presumptious can they be. grrr.
moonfever on January 4th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
This type of thing really pisses me off too. I don't understand how people can put one life above another just because someone is a footballer or they have some kind of higher status. It disgusts me. As far as I'm concerned everyone is equal, no matter what your race, your class/social heirarchy, your job, or how much money you earn. Especially in situations like this where a tremendous amount of people have lost their lives or have lost loved ones.

Yr icon is very pretty by the way :)
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 10:34 pm (UTC)
very well said, i agree entirely.

&thankyou :) it's from icon_goddess
&so is yours !
    scarlet's walkkisstheviolets on January 4th, 2005 10:36 pm (UTC)
pretty, i mean ;)
: Eyesmoonfever on January 5th, 2005 07:08 pm (UTC)
Hehe! Thank you!