The Atheist Revolution had an interesting article today about Robin Williams’ suicide and the subsequent uproar from the collective Internet over comments made by Shepard Smith. I was totally unaware of any of this, of course, because I don’t pay attention to the constant whine coming from the online community. I’m fine with suicide, as I’ve said before, the only one who has a valid opinion on life as an ongoing concern for Robin Williams is Robin Williams and if he chooses to kill himself, I’m entirely fine with that. His life, his choice. I’ve never met the guy, I’ve enjoyed some of his work, but I have no say in his life, his career or his choices. My sole response upon hearing that he had died was “bye Robin”.
But that’s not true of a lot of people online and it’s not just Robin Williams, it’s every time anyone dies, every time anyone makes a bad choice, picks a show to be on, etc. It’s rampant among the Hollywood zombies, the people who follow everything that happens in Tinseltown, where people get personally and fanatically involved in the minutia. These people are idiots.
Now it doesn’t really matter what Shepard Smith might have said to spark all of this, he suggested that Williams took the cowardly way out and he’s welcome to his opinion. Then again, Shepard Smith is writing online, which might be seen as being a cowardly way to avoid getting punched in the face, but I digress.
This doesn’t only apply to Hollywood though, this is the typical tactics of those Social Justice Wingnuts, Atheism+ as well. They’re professional victims and imaginary victim advocates. They get outraged online. They yell at people for a living. They don’t actually *DO* anything, they just yell about it. It’s sort of like prayer, sitting around talking about a problem instead of getting off your ass and doing something to solve it. It’s just a means to stroke their own egos and feel good about themselves without inconveniencing themselves in the slightest way. When was the last time Atheism+ organized a blood drive? Or built anything for Habitat for Humanity? Or organized their members to go out to homeless shelters or food banks to help? They might have done so but I sure haven’t heard about it. All they do, and someone please correct me if I’m wrong, is complain about things. They’re outraged. They’re just not outraged enough to actually do anything about it. That would be too difficult! This is all about expressing themselves to a world they think is hanging on their every word, dying to know what they think about every subject. As vjack says, it’s like the people who post pictures of every meal they eat, every outfit they wear and everywhere they go. Sorry, you self-centered morons, your life just isn’t that important!
Unfortunately, while it’s unlikely that we’ll ever get these self-important gits to go away, it’s the rest of us who are the real problem because we give them exactly what they want, we give them attention, positive or negative. We stand by and comment on their nonsense, we fuel their whoredom and so long as that’s true, they’re not going to stop. Why should they, we’re providing them with everything they want! So long as we pay attention, so long as we play along with the fake outrage, we play right into their hands.
So please, stop. Just stop. Sure, it might be sad that Robin Williams killed himself, maybe we can learn something from it, maybe not. Screw Shepard Smith. He’s welcome to his opinions, I’m welcome to totally ignore them. And beyond that, I wasn’t aware of the uproar because I don’t pay attention to the attention-whores. I don’t listen. You shouldn’t either or you’re contributing to the mess. What is it they say, if you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem? I’m part of the solution. Why doesn’t everyone else jump on that bandwagon?