Isn’t it time we saved “being shocked” for times when it is really required? Not in August it seems
Yesterday, many reacted in horror when the motor mouth Katie Hopkins mocked so-called “celebrities” for paying tribute to Cilla Black on Twitter. Earlier in the day, others took to Twitter to express their “shock” and “anger” about being inconvenienced by road closures due to a cycle race in London.
In her tweet, Hopkins remarked:
“If there are any celebrities who haven’t yet tweeted their sadness over Cilla, please report to Sincerity Services immediately #rushto gush”.
Whilst plainly insensitive to the memory of a much-loved British figure, Hopkins has a point. Social media has given the world and his wife a place to share both happy and sad moments but it also has resulted in shock becoming the easiest emotion to share.
The death of Cecil the lion at the hands of a reprehensible dentist was something no decent person would celebrate but, again, the reaction was disproportionate. Where was the same horror at news that an 18-month old Palestinian toddler was burned to death in his home in a Molotov cocktail attack? Where? It was nowhere to be seen. Welcome to the world of August shockers; welcome to the silly season.
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