scarlet's walk (kisstheviolets) wrote,
scarlet's walk

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.}


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