I've been home all week with my daughter who has the flu and strep throat. She's just been knocked out by these bugs and it's tough to see her feeling so sick. The nice thing for me is that she wants me around a lot which is unusual. Well, not really - she does seem to like me around but has her moments when she wants to be alone and I get it. So I'm feeling all nice thinking about the Harry Potter marathon we are planning for today as I take her sister to school. As I'm driving there, I hear a DJ come on KISS XM - a station that technically should not have anyone talking. I purchase satellite radio so I don't have to listen to people talk. Anyway, she comes on as Breaking Away by Kelly Clarkson starts to play and she announces how some guy had a heart attack at Kelly's recent concert. Then the DJ in her infinite wisdom and unending wit says "and he was also baffled by the size of her thighs".
Okay, I'm maybe going to go out on a limb here, but I don't think that was really necessary, do you? I mean - a guy died. A guy who might have had a family (certainly had parents, possibly siblings, maybe a wife and kids). Maybe he took his daughter to the concert and she'll have that memory to deal with every time she hears Kelly sing. Maybe he was there on a date. Who knows. But the fact is, he was there and he died. Does this DJ really need to make a joke about it? Not to mention how insulting her comment was to Kelly too. Who is this DJ and why such an absence of class? To get listeners? Ya just lost one. I know in the overall scheme of things, that means little but I won't be listening to your station anymore.
You can't really hide from it - Michael's body wasn't even cold yet and the jokes were all over facebook. People I considered friends laughing at his expense. Does it make it easier to be morbidly funny at a time like this? Does it make people feel better about themselves? I don't get it. I don't want to resort to the colloquial 'mean people suck' because that puts me on the same level. But I don't want toxicity in my life. So I hid further comments from the 'friends' on facebook and I'll be sure to find a better station on XM. Because it's up to me to surround myself with that which leaves me feeling good...and so I shall.