By now, I think it is safe to assume that the majority of the United States is aware that Prince, one of the most influential and innovative musicians in history, has passed away at the age of 57. It is also safe to assume that stupidity still exists, and social media has created an avenue where thousands can Tweet and post disrespectful content with the intentions of “entertaining” their audience.
It was around 6am today when I read a Facebook status that alluded to the idea that Atlanta-based rapper Future, killed Prince because hip-hop producer Metro Boomin, could not trust another person that created a project similar to theirs (Prince created an album, song, and starred in a movie called Purple Rain, while Future and Metro completed a mixtape named Purple Reign. Don’t mistake the two.). At that moment, I became further confused as to what is and what isn’t okay to joke about in the 21st Century. It seems as if society has created an unofficial list of topics that are likely to get you fired (i.e. Curt Schilling) or keep you in hot water (i.e. Chris Brown), but with a few exceptions. Because the list is unofficial, I am constantly left in the dark with what is generally perceived as being “funny,” and not politically incorrect. If you make fun of the homosexual community, you will probably be labeled a homophobe. If you make fun of a woman being attacked by a man, that is outlandishly insensitive. But, if you make fun of a man being attacked by a woman, you may get a few laughs (That’s a conversation for another time.). Regardless, if someone would have made a joke saying that Freddie Gray or Trayvon Martin was shot by Future because they couldn’t be trusted, would that be considered funny?
When a person dies, odds are they have left someone, or a group of friends and family members behind that will mourn for days, months, and years to come. We all know the feeling of losing someone, yet some seem to forget how it feels when they are not personally connected to the one that was lost. I provide the following meme as an example:
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There was nothing funny about September 11, 2001. On that day, 2,977 lives were lost as a result of the terrorist attacks in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. Yet, mocking the events of 9/11 (not 7/11) are okay, as if a plane flying into one of Donald Trump’s properties would not result in thousands of innocent casualties.
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According to the rules of life, someone else’s death will not reverse the passing of another. So if a Kardashian was to die today, a child would feel the pain of being left without a parent, or a parent left without a child. I couldn’t imagine how little North or Saint would feel growing up to know that jokes about death were made about their family. But hey, thats the pros of the social media. One can say messed up things about others, without it having an impact on their life whatsoever.
For those that like to make jokes about life and death, never forget when you mourned someone, and how you would feel if they were mocked during your time of pain. I would like to conclude this post with one of my favorite songs from J. Cole. I hope you enjoyed the read but really hope you love the song. Bye.
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