It is hard to believe that I still have a small amount of faith in the goodness of people. The truth is that I have seen enough, personally and otherwise that I should know better than to expect people to have the same amount of regard for another person’s life.
On Tuesday, March 1st 2011 Blair River, the spokesperson of the ‘Heart Attack Grille’ died from flu complications. What has happened since his death is something that I cannot just shake my head at. I want to slap sense into people who feel that his death should be mocked or laughed at. This has nothing to do with his job or the restaurant itself, what the restaurant stood for is not who he is a person, and his death shouldn’t be turned into some sort of cautionary tale on how a person should live their life.
The restaurant that he worked for does indeed have a questionable message, but that doesn’t mean that was his message or what he believed. The biggest issue I am having is that people are skipping over the very simple fact that if he didn’t get the flu, he would be alive.
But people don’t want that answer, they don’t want to think that a person who was 6’8 and 575 pounds could have just had bad luck when it came to getting sick. They want to distance themselves from his death as much as possible. They want to find the reason he died so that they can do whatever is necessary to not have it happen to them. Unfortunately this time you will have to not catch the flu or pneumonia.
To step back from it all watching people spew such venom when you call them out on making insensitive and hateful comments about someone who has died is shocking. To act as though it isn’t hateful, because you can tell from an article on the internet that you have all of the facts, is making yourself look purposefully ignorant.
Mocking someone after their death is vile, no matter how you look at it.
In the end anyone could be Blair River, and we should remember that. Death isn’t something that you can just pretend you are exempt from because you are thin.