Photo of Paul Walker as Skip in the movie "Pleasantville."
On Saturday, actor Paul Walker was killed in car accident. He was the passenger in a car that crashed into a tree. Both he and the driver are dead. Both leave behind family, friends and both are being mourned. Paul Walker was forty years old.
At first, his death was questioned as a hoax. There are many sites online publishing fake celebrity deaths every day, and unfortunately this often leads to disbelief when anyone famous dies. Unfortunately, the news was real. And as the information spread, so did the hate.
Yes, hate. Liberals, people I know, were posting the most horrific jokes about the death of Paul Walker. Walker starred in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise, and almost immediately, comparisons were being made between those movies and the car accident that took two lives. From what I read, it seemed to be a bunch of "humorists" who attacked anyone disagreeing with them by using shame. For example, how can you care about one famous person dying when you don't care about kids dying in Africa, he was a C-list celebrity so who cares, I hate it when people get all worked up about some movie star dying but don't care about their next door neighbor.
You know who those liberals sounded like? Conservatives. Remember when Whitney Houston died? Conservatives wrote and said the most awful things about her drug habit, her daughter, her music, her life. They screamed when Chris Christie lowered the flags in New Jersey to half staff. They called her a crack whore, stated the world was better off without her, called her ghetto, you name it. They made fun of her death, ignoring the people she left behind who were devastated and grieving. Truly nasty comments were everywhere, and when someone dared to question the lack of empathy behind all the hate, we were told many of the same things liberals are saying in response to being questioned about their response to the death of Paul Walker.
It is possible to say "Man, this is awful, he was so young" while at the same time, giving money to Heifer International or Doctors Without Borders. I don't know anyone who only cares when a celebrity dies. In fact, most of the people in my life care whenever anyone dies too young. When Andrew Breitbart died, I took a lot of heat because I felt badly for his family. I was supposed to (I was told in many different ways) hate him, rejoice in his death and have no feelings of sorrow for anyone related to him. You know, like conservatives did when Ted Kennedy died.
Paul Walker was part of the cast of "Pleasantville," a pretty good movie about what happens when you let light and color into a black and white world. We live in a black and white world, and when one of us strays from the monochromatic script written by mysterious people on their high horses, we get in trouble. I refuse to live in that world. Paul Walker was a good actor, and a young man who was taken in a very tragic way too soon. The driver of the car is being mourned today as well, even though we don't know his or her name. Funerals are being planned, family members are walking around in shock, as family members always do when a loved one dies suddenly. And yet, we have people in our social media circles who think this is funny, and chastise anyone who dares to take a moment and say "This is really a shame."
It is a shame, in more ways than one. It's a shame that Paul Walker and the driver of that car are dead. It's a shame that speed may have played a part in the accident, meaning that it might have been avoided. It's a shame that a few liberals (and perhaps conservatives; I haven't checked their side of social media recently) feel it's perfectly okay to minimize and make fun of the death of another human being simply because he was famous.
It is my sincere hope that the families of those two people never have to see the things being posted about that accident. Paul Walker's daughter does not need to view a bunch of self-important narcissists making fun of the death of her father. No one does.
Update: Mother Jones has a fantastic piece on Paul Walker's charity work.
Update #2: When I wrote this, the driver of the car had not been identified. Since publishing, his name has been released. He was Roger Rodas. Click this link to find out more about him, including his charity work and work in Central America with green energy.