Post by Woody Alien on Aug 18, 2019 13:03:19 GMT -5
Two Italian deaths in the past few days.
One is legendary cyclist Felice Gimondi, who passed away suddenly while on vacation, he was 76.
The other one is more interesting for the circumstances: Nadia Toffa, who worked for a long-lasting infotainment broadcast "Le Iene". Toffa sadly passed away because of cancer at only 40, but the fact is this: the program started as humorous but competent journalism, but in the last few years it gave way more and more to pseudo-sciences, moral panics, conspiracies and all that sensationalistic shit that is all the rage these days. Among these were also, you guessed it, features about fake cancer cures like scorpion venom plus other fraud methods. So her death caused an uproar, splitting the audience between those who praised her for being so courageous and sincere in fighting her illness (since she revealed it on TV) and those who insulted her for propagating false informations about pseudo-scientific cures (but still undergoing chemotherapy when she discovered her cancer) and attacking those who didn't share her belief that the illness could be cured just by adding sheer force of will to the cures (just ask Steve Jobs how well that went).
It's a tragic irony but still I don't like how much a person who helped spread so much disinformation is getting praised for what she had to go through. Maybe even by those same people who were attacking her as an incompetent journalist before.
(Just for the record, she also managed a few years ago to piss off Italian otaku and Japanophiles with a feature that pretty much said that manga means "porn comics" and most Japanese were secretly pedophiles, with lots of mistranslated and/or unverified claims)
Sulli, Choi Jin Ri. Most famous for being a member of f(x). Pretty torn about this one. She passed away way too soon. Absurdly talented and charming.
Having zero interest in Kpop or Korean pop culture I had to look up who she was, and I found out that she was cyberbullied for years for some stupid reasons I don't even fully understand, to the point of insanity. The most disturbing thing is that she was one of the hosts of a broadcast where celebrities had to read nasty comments netizens wrote to them, so that means she had to read that stuff again and put on a brave face, all while people continued to tear her apart.
I do not condone what she did, but I understand that sometimes the pressure becomes impossible to bear.
Can't say anyone could condone suicide, if that is ultimately her cause of death. It's all just very sad. But I imagine South Korea is a very competitive place, with lots of bitter, angry kids posting such comments. On one hand, I think Sulli's social circle were not mature enough to be able to give her the emotional support they needed, even if they wanted to. On the other hand, I think all these talent agencies that raise and train these pop idols need to introduce a mental toughness and confidence program. They should be taught how to deal with insults and criticism, as it comes with the territory of being famous. And for all the negative naysayers, it's sad that with the recent suicides of Sulli and Jong-hyun, that these idols could only focus on the small pocket of negativity in their country. Even though they are loved and cherished globally across borders, nationalities, and ethnicities.