A couple of hours ago I clicked through a headline that said comedian Joan Rivers had stopped breathing during a surgical procedure, and was in critical condition. The link took me to the TMZ website, where there was a brief article about what had happened. Basically the headline covered it: she was having surgery on her vocal cords, stopped breathing, and was rushed to a hospital.
Then it happened: I accidentally stumbled upon the unwiped, fully-dilated anus of the internet itself. It was displayed, right here, on my computer screen. And I probably don’t have to tell you, it was horrifying.
Yep, you guessed it… I’d scrolled to the bottom of the page, and started reading the comments. Holy shit! Have we finally reached the end, my friends? Has society officially collapsed on our watch?
In case anyone is unaware, Joan Rivers has had a long career built upon controversial comments, and saying things that aren’t supposed to be uttered in polite company. She’s a provocateur, and a comic. That has been her schtick for all my life. And I’m old.
Recently she pissed some folks off with her unfiltered opinions about the perma-mess in the Middle East. And a couple of months ago she got people whipped up with some comments about the Obamas. A few years back she was supposedly “banned” from Fox News for going on a rant about Sarah Palin, and calling her “a retarded person.”
This is what she does. It’s amazing that people care so much. Joan Rivers is an 81 year old comedian, without a TV show (as far as I know), or much of a platform. Why get so worked-up over it? Why does it infuriate people so much to realize there are others out there with differing opinions? Or even stupid opinions, if you see it that way? Who gives a crap?
In any case, the comments beneath today’s TMZ article are CRAZY. I’ll give you a small taste, and invite you to take a look for yourself, if you dare. I’m an internet veteran, and am not really shocked by this. But the sheer volume of the vitriol is a bit surprising. Further evidence the end is near…
It goes on and on, for pages. What’s happened to us?? Seriously. These people hate a person for making horrible remarks, so they make even more horrible remarks in response? Genius! I’m sure they consider themselves to be humanitarians and lofty thinkers, too.
Why has everything become so nasty and angry? I’m not exactly Mr. Rogers over here, and even I’m appalled.
I’ll see you guys again next time.
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