I need a wallet like Jules had in Pulp Fiction. But instead of "Bad Motherfucker", mine would say "Cold Motherfucker". Because Elizabeth Taylor died today, and not only don't I give a rat's ass about her passing but I'm kinda pissed off at all the media focus on it. You know, when Japan is still reeling from the effects of the tsunami, earthquake and subsequent meltdown fears. When Libya is seeing all kinds of violence due to the uprising and coalition intervention against Gaddafi's forces. And, oh yeah...shit is still going down in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Southeast Asia and so on and so on and so on.
But it's not even because of all the other much more important stuff that is going on that the media should be focusing their attention on. I just really don't give a crap about celebrities or famous people dying off. Especially celebrities who were last relevant 3 or 4 decades ago. Elizabeth Taylor? Really? Besides her family and friends, who really gives a crap?
Except I know that people DO give a crap. I just don't understand it. When Princess Diana died, I couldn't believe the amount of attention it garnered over here. Granted, the circumstances surrounding her death were both suspicious and sudden. But the grief that I saw from people in my own family or from folks I worked with boggled my mind. Yes...she seemed like a nice lady, but nice ladies die suddenly all the time. Every hour of every day. I just don't get the grief that comes with the passing of one of them just because they were famous. It would be different had she actually touched my life, even if it were ever-so-briefly. But a nice famous lady that had literally zero effect on my life? Sad, but not worth my tears.
So yeah, Elizabeth Taylor died. And she was justifiably famous for some films that she made 4, 5 and 6 decades ago. And because she was married 70 or 80 times. Yawn. The news of her passing shouldn't amount to anything more than a top-billing mention in the dead people section of the Oscars next year. At least for me.
See? Cold Motherfucker.
Addendum: Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know she did a lot to raise money and awareness for the fight against AIDS, and I'm pretty sure she did some other nice things too. I stand by my argument. Nice people die all the time. A couple of them while you sat there shaking your head at me. And you ain't seeing any news of them on CNN, are ya?