For the Love of God, Would You Please Cool It With All The Zombie Nonsense?
I am making this post because, for the last few days, everyone on the internet has basically driven me up a wall with their rabid ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ craziness.
Please, please stop. Stop talking about zombies, and werewolves, and vampires, and OH MY GOD Chuck Norris. I know I’m reflecting a good chunk of the global community’s opinion here when I say that it’s really getting old.
The slight problem I’ve got with this endless obsession people have with post-apocalyptic/mythical/action-packed figures is not just because I don’t personally enjoy it. I have no right to tell anyone what they should and shouldn’t obsess over no matter what I think of it. But what irks me to no end is the way in which people go so ridiculously overboard with their zombie mania (for example), that they’re willing to turn a gruesome crime and an extremely troubling incident into a constant, somewhat harmful joke about their obsession.
It’s like they’re forgetting that zombies are fictional, and that humans aren’t.
Take this ‘Miami Cannibal’ deal that went down a few days ago. Sure, its kind of weird and entertaining to consider the idea of a guy eating another guy’s face off. Of course, that weird, entertaining curiosity should easily go away when you take the time to really consider the fact that a guy ate another guy’s face off!
That’s a gruesome, heartless, unfathomably twisted crime, you know. While you can sit at home, and make a ‘hurr, hurr the zombies are here’ Facebook status, the reality is that someone’s friend/sibling/son/relative/neighbor/whatever has gotten almost murderously assaulted in one of the most brutally disgusting ways possibly imaginable. And, I can assure you, that neither he nor anyone who cares for him will be laughing at this joke.
That would be the equivalent of someone making a global meme about some tragic, life-altering incident that happened to you or someone you love just because it reminds them of sparkly vampires. Imagine the entire world belittling what you went through in the exact same way and making your experience sound like some everyday, interesting anecdote. Then imagine some idiot making a ‘funny’ Facebook status about it and getting 100 likes for it.
Bet you won’t be laughing either.
And, hey, I’m not saying that all the people who actually participated in this ‘Zombie Apocalypse’ meme deal are horrible human beings. I’m just saying they might need to reconsider what they’re saying and realize that maybe somethings are above their crazy obsessions. Nor am I saying that it’s never okay to make a darkly humorous joke about a traumatizing incident from time to time in order to, perhaps, help someone deal with it.
What I am saying is that its definitely not okay for us to make A GLOBAL JOKE out of someone’s crime and someone’s brutal tragedy. Because what ends up happening is a gradual hardening of human emotion and a growing disregard for other future, similar incidents that could be just as fatally dangerous and gruesome and not actually funny.
All my love!