Friday, February 1, 2013
Posted by el duque at 10:09 AM
It's. Just. So. Sad.
Manslaughter. I say manslaughter. I say somebody in a suit needs to go to jail. If you fill a pool with sharks and assure kids they'll get on network TV if they jump in, you'll get takers. But make no mistake here: YOU are the shark. YOU are the one sniffing the blood.
Oh, my... How dare we speak such anger in this time of mourning? Can't we see how bad ESPN feels? Why... they've set up a web page to raise money for the family! What humanitarians! The quality of mercy hath not been strained. (And watch the ratings soar.) Obviously, they have a plan: Do to Caleb Moore what the NFL tried to do with Pat Tillman, that is - create a martyr, hold a memorial, donate books to the library, build a statue, create a savior for every kid who dreams of getting laid by doing somersaults off a cliff.
Listen: We all know that testosterone-pumped teens think they are invulnerable. In every group, there is a kid who is willing to drink piss or eat the light bulb. And ESPN was delighted to hand out its fruit jar full of urine. Year after year, you could bank on the X Games coming up with a new and more dangerous competition. They must have watched "Jackass" for inspiration. And everybody watching had the same sense: "Eventually, somebody's going to die here."
Yesterday, on YouTube, I watched the death of this kid. You can, too.
What kind of industry exploits death? And about that fundraiser site for the family to pay its medical bills? WTF? A network beams his death on national TV, and the contestants have to scrounge donations to pay the medical bills? You gotta be kidding me.
Manslaughter. Somebody in a suit should go to prison.