Today is the 2nd Anniversary (I hate using that term for negative things) of Kobe Bryant's Death; Let's Retire Weird Clout Chasing Posts Exploiting It For Likes
Today is the 2nd "anniversary" of a helicopter crash that killed Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others in Calabasas, CA. With all the horrors of Covid the last two years, this moment was an appetizer of what was in store for the next historically shitty 24+ months.
Oh shit, I just used the number 24. Did you know that was one of Kobe's jersey numbers? In case you forgot, @LADEig is here to remind you!
I've posted legit millions of things online that I wish I didn't, but like, come on. Let the man rest in peace! I obviously get the 8-24 connection, but some thoughts are best left in the drafts. Do you realize how often those numbers come up in everyday life? It's not like Kobe wore a sixteen-digit number. You're gonna run into some eights and twenty-fours. Oh wow, that stop sign has eight sides; must be a Kobe fan.
Plus, do you remember Kobe Bryant? Do you think the Black fucking Mamba would want you exploiting his death to tell the internet the Los Angeles Lakers are a .500 team sitting in EIGHTH place in the West? FOH! This man said, "there's winning a championship, and there's failure." This tweet falls into the latter.
I'm an adamant supporter of the 1st Amendment, but I'm sorry, you should have to spend a night in jail to think about what you've done after some shit like that. It doesn't even have to go on your permanent record, but you should have to sleep on a cold slab with nothing but your thoughts and a blanket that could be confused with public school paper towels and think, "were the retweets really worth it?"
Of course, it is a sad day. I can't believe it's already been two years. I remember finding out at my Grandma's that Sunday afternoon, and it was no hyperbole one of the biggest shocks of my entire life. Just hours before, the whole sports media landscape was celebrating how Lebron passed Kobe for 3rd most points in NBA history. His final tweet congratulated Lebron on the accomplishment.
Less than 12 hours later, Kobe and eight others were dead. Sadly, in the two years since plenty of people have exploited this tragedy for internet points, I cannot think of many more out-of-touch posts than this. Talk about a #Uriprob!
That makes the Bleacher Report Women's World Cup tweet look like a masterpiece. I've dabbled in photoshop, and let me tell you; it's not easy. Someone had to spend serious time on that picture. That thing didn't just come out of thin air; that took some work. We're talking tons of layers and other terms I forgot. Not once did they think, "wait, why I am I making this?" Like David Cox either asked someone to make it for him or found it online and thought it would be a nice way to pay tribute to a dead father and daughter with zero affiliation to the university.
I know the content game can cloud our judgments, and we want those engagements, but let's not forget that barely-teenage girls died that day. Have some fucking respect and be a little creative instead of exploiting a tragedy for potential likes and retweets.
My sister graduated from FSU. What is it with our fucking schools???