OPINION- Seriously, how many times will folks on Facebook (since Twitter knows better) are we going to post a celebrities’ passing continually when they died years ago?
One day I was reading my timeline and who pops up? The late legendary rapper of the Beastie Boys Adam Yauch with the comments, “damn man rest in peace, this is sad another legend has left us”. [Pause] In no way, am I’m making a humorous attempt at mocking one’s passing, but how many times is Yauch going to die? For the record, Adam Yauch passed away on May 4th, 2012. Yes, that’s a 12, not a 16.
I was thinking maybe the news about Yauch’s passing was just one Facebook friend, posting the error, but it felt like it went viral. That’s because it wasn’t just one Facebook friend, it was a dozen posting the same article, reporting it like it was breaking news. That news is a good five years late, but who’s counting right?
Then the unthinkable happen. I see an article posted that the late great Lena Horne has passed away. Then the comments were, “damn we losing all our Black entertainers, first Prince now Ms. Horne!” Okay, enough already! Ms. Horne passed away on May 9, 2010. Then it made me think, that these articles are circulating again because we are in the same month that they passed away. That’s fine, but do we check the date before posting on our timelines? Furthermore, how does one not know these legends have left us in the physical years ago?
I don’t know what’s next, someone reporting breaking news that Whitney and Michael passed away. A simple check of the date of the article before posting will suffice so that the person who posted it does not come across as unknowledgeable. Instead, one is getting that Kermit The Frog side-eye from one’s Facebook friends and many of them thinking one must live in a cave to not know what’s going on in the world. Trust me, a lot of your Facebook friends are shaking their heads and won’t even privately tell you that the breaking news you thought was breaking, was rehashed old news. They are more than likely, talking about you behind your back, laughing at your mishap.
Once again, it only takes a minute, check the date before killing off celebrities, over and over again. Stop being lazy and just posting this grim reaper like news, without being cognizant enough to know that it might be news that is ancient. I dread in a few years that I have to see an article that states, Prince passed away. That would only mean, that I need some to start deleting folks from my friend’s list, rather expeditiously.
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