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Thread #118593   Message #2588142
Posted By: Nick
13-Mar-09 - 01:49 PM
Thread Name: Folklore: Gallows Humour-laughing at death/disease
Subject: RE: Folklore: Gallows Humor-laughing at death/disease
Richard I find myself agreeing with you much too much

Diana's death I found bizarre. A public outpouring of emotion that was so far out of line with the importance of the person or the meaning. A bit too Bambi for me. On the morning she died I remember waking up and hearing the news on the radio. The radio was totally taken over for about three days where nothing else could be discussed seemingly. People yearned to race to London or wherever to place flowers and be (seen to be?) a part of this public outpouring of grief. Very unbritish, dammit. And it seemed to be like a sin to not be a part of it...

Pretty much the ooposite of dealing with it by joking about it.

I feel sorry for the manner of Jade Goody's passing as I do about all the other people that I know who are currently dying of cancer. Very few of them choose to share their death with the world - apart from for political reasons or for some sort of cause. Doing it for money seems remarkably shabby somehow and is bound to cause some raised eyebrows and comments.