What's wrong with some people? I know we live in the age of social media where often people get themselves in trouble for Twittering or posting something hastily without thinking first. However, what happened in Atlanta last week took advanced planning. Did you hear about the Sports Radio hosts who thought it was FUNNY to do a skit mocking a 36 year old former NFL player battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease)?
Their skit brought back painful memories of my friends battling ALS. Yes, over the years I've lost three friends to ALS and got to witness first hand their gradual decline until their bodies could no longer sustain life. Believe me, there was nothing FUNNY about it. They gradually lost the ability to walk, speak, and swallow. I believe what ultimately took their lives was heart failure due to starvation.
I took this description from the ALS Association website:
What is ALS?
Hardly FUNNY, but you can click here to listen for yourself. It's totally tasteless, so I'll give you a quick synopsis in case you don't want to hear it. They pretend to be interviewing former New Orlean's Safety Steve Gleason and use a robotic voice to imitate the computerized voice he must use to communicate now. They have "Steve" saying he might be gone by next Thursday and doing knock knock jokes and asking to be smothered. There was more, but that will give you a general idea of their sick humor.
When I listened to the skit I shed a few tears. I cried for my friends that are gone, for Steve Gleason, and for everyone battling this cruel disease for which there is no real treatment or cure.
I'm glad to say that these broadcasters have been fired. In my opinion they should never have access to live air waves again. How could anyone think that poking fun of a young dying man is FUNNY?
I just don't get it.
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Thanks for listening to my rant. Can you tell I'm mad?