Ben Delicious reports from Grenoble: Look, I have nothing against Michael Schumacher and I wish him a speedy recovery from his injuries. But with all respect to this F1 racing legend, I don’t want my New Year to be dominated by reports about his condition after that skiing accident in France.
Yes, s..t happens and it has happened to Schumacher. But hacks should show some respect for people who are still in their party mood and stop shoving endless coverage of Schumacher’s state of health down their throats. Or this will generate some pretty serious irritation among everyone. Like it happened after Nelson Mandela had died and hacks and pretty much everyone else overdid it with their insincere tributes. (I still have shudders recalling some of the outrageous tributes paid to Mandela.)
I’m not saying here that the media should have been staying quiet about that unfortunate fall that Schumacher had suffered while skiing. But turning it into some hysteria goes well beyond proper journalism. Especially as there were and still are plenty of other stories all across the globe, even though politicians have vanished to plot against everyone on their undeserved holidays. Wars still rage on and terrorists attacks continue and dictators do nasty things and bankers rip off millions of people. (Bankers don’t stop, even for holidays.)
But no, we have all sorts of people banging on about Schumacher’s condition, even though is doesn’t change much and he remains in an induced coma. But stubbornly hacks tell us what we already know, and all sorts of other people jump of the grieving bandwagon to express their sympathies, to get some free publicity. And the Moron Land on social media is overwhelmed with grief as well, even though most of them don’t even know who Schumacher is. This is the pits of grieving in public. This is about not having a life and not embarrassed to show it.
There really needs to be some sort of rules introduced for handling accidents and deaths of celebrities. It has turned into a circus, all this grieving. It actually demeans the very people these grievers bang on about. Because they either read their tributes from the script, which is a disgrace, or they say the bleeding obvious and repeat clichés that can only any everyone. And as for sending best wished to the relatives and loved ones of the injured or the diseased, this has got to stop – period! Only people, who know the families of the celebrities in question, should be allowed to do that, in private bare, using their mobiles and not on their blogs or on on social media.
As I already said, I have nothing against Schumacher. I heard he is a good guy and gave lots to charity. But spare me the insincere sympathies and wall-to-all meaningless coverage. It’s just ain’t civilised.