Today was a sad day. I woke up on this dreary Sunday morning and checked my Facebook/Twitter/E-mail as I usually do. Waiting for me there were two pieces of very sad news. And, thank God, one piece of happy news.
First the happy one shall we? According to the internet, JK Rowling has published a new book called the The Cuckoo’s Calling by ‘Robert Galbraith’ (which apparently means famous stranger) in April. I didn’t know that. I haven’t even heard of the book until now but apparently it is a bestseller and has gotten nothing but praise ever since it came out. I assume she wrote under a pseudonym to see if a new book would succeed without her name attached to it. It did.
The Cuckoo’s Calling is about an old-veteran turned private detective who is investigating a mysterious case. To be honest, it sounds pretty good. I’m much more inclined to read this one. I still haven’t read Casual Vacancy.
To check out the Goodreads page click here. It also seems like it might be the first of a new series called Cormoran Strike. Can’t wait to read more about it!.
The first piece of bad news is the not-guilty verdict on Trayvon Martin’s murderer, George Zimmerman. I admit to not having followed the case in detail but apparently the excuse that he handled in self-defense and ‘with justifiable use of deadly force’ was enough to get him acquitted. He even gets his gun back.
Okay, so I wasn’t there that night so I don’t know exactly what went down there. But, fact is that Trayvon was unarmed and not a real threat to Zimmerman. If, and that is a big if, Trayvon had indeed attacked him with his bare hands, Zimmerman could have defended himself on numerous different ways.
He was just a kid walking home after buying a pack of Skittles. Some guy with a gun decides that he’s up to no good and the next thing we know, there’s a dead body where a future ought to be. Zimmerman shouldn’t have been found not-guilty. He killed someone. He killed an unarmed kid. Where is the justice in this?
Tumblr just informed me on a recent event. A black woman shot at (read: not hurting OR killing him) her abusive husband and got a 20 year sentence. George Zimmerman kills an innocent kid and walks free.
The second piece of sad news is the death of 31-year old Glee star Cory Monteith. He was found in his hotel room in Vancouver on Saturday. While I wasn’t a diehard Glee fan, I did watch the show and I’m very very sad to hear that one of the cast isn’t here anymore. My heart goes out to Lea Michele, to whom he would get married to in two weeks. And also of course, his family, friends and the rest of the Glee cast and crew. I wonder what the cause of death is. It’s easy to assume that he OD’ed, seeing his history, but I wonder if that’s actually it. He was getting married, Adam Shankman stated that he talked to him on Friday and he seemed great, even making plans to go jet-skiing in California.
But the trophy for being the evilest people on the face of this earth goes to the people of the Westboro Baptist Church. We all know that they’re a bunch of deranged assbuts on their best day but this really takes the cake. The fine people of this religious establishment took the time to send tweets to every cast and crew member of the show and every fan page they could find telling them exactly how happy they are that Cory is dead. Including to Lea Michele, his fiancé.
“PRAISE GOD ALMIGHTY for killing Cory Monteith — a wicked fag-enabler sinner! Westboro Baptist Church to picket funeral.”
I truly have no words for this level of evil. It’s bad enough that they picket the funerals of fireman and soldiers and everybody else but rubbing it in the faces of the people who loved him is despicable.
I blocked and reported their twitter page and I hope you will consider doing the same.
I just refuse to believe that any God would condone this kind of hatred and even prefer it over love.
Oh and lastly, if you see this picture, that is not Lea. That’s actually the widow of a recently killed-in-action soldier. I saw an article on it but I can’t find it now.
So I woke up and read all this and I just wanted to crawl back into bed and not come out for the rest of the day. I do mourn the death of Cory and Trayvon. There are always people who say that people like me, who mourn the loss of ‘celebrities’ are hypocrites because we don’t spend equal amounts of time mourning the war victims that die every day. To them I say that everyone deserves to be mourned, even the celebrities. The war,victims will not go forgotten, I promise, but I refuse to feel guilty for feeling sad that these young men are dead.
Everyone is allowed to be mourned. No exceptions.