Howyoudoin wrote: Lootman wrote:
Howyoudoin wrote:I guess it's an age thing. When I was in secondary school, and didn't really know what a tragedy was, I joked about some really horrible stuff. It's only when you get older that the seriousness of some of this stuff hits you.
Having said that, it would appear that some of those involved here were aged 50 and above. That really beggars belief.
The other way to look at this is that, as Lord Byron opined, we laugh so that we do not weep.
And in a world where everything get politicised and this tragedy ended up as little more than an exercise in identity politics, can we really blame those who mock the whole thing?
Yeah, I get the whole 'you've got to laugh otherwise you'll cry' thing and I participate in that type of humour.
But the example here crossed the line of decency and those involved were actually reveling in the deaths of those poor people. That's not normal.
Having said the above, I think they should be openly condemned for what they did but not arrested/punished.
Please explain how this is different to, say, an episode of say Blackadder in WW1, broadcast to the nation, portraying British soldiers and their commanders as idiots, cretins, and psychopaths, yet widely applauded all around, and I believe, used as a basis for history lessons in schools. Their attitude to death in the trenches was light hearted in the extreme, and one episode showed them killing an unarmed German soldier.
Surely it is all just gallows humour.