So yesterday Paul Walker died in a car accident. He was 40 years old.
Until yesterday I didn’t know who the guy was. Ok, I have to admit that my interest in actors or any other celebrities stays to an absolute minimum. I have to like someone a whole lot for me to start googling about their personal stuff, because most of the time, it’s kind of disappointing. Simply because the life of a famous person is completely exposed by the paparazzi. But hey, how good would we all look if we were followed by a camera 24/7? I think shows like Big Brother give us a pretty good answer to that. And just like I don’t watch those shows because I don’t want to lose faith in humanity, I don’t read gossip magazines because I don’t want to ruin the picture I have of someone famous.
Even though I didn’t know the guy at all, I’m not trying to disrespect him or his family by writing this, and I’m usually really positive about, well.. pretty much everything. But why is it that when someone famous dies, it seems like everyone was their biggest fan? My Facebook feed is full of ‘RIP Paul Walker’s, and Facebook pages ‘dedicated’ to him. I even saw some pictures that said “1 like = 1 respect”. I mean, seriously? Do you have to have to take advantage of this poor man’s death to get some Facebook likes?
Is it just that it feels like relevant news to us because we saw that person act in some movies? Does that make us feel like we lost someone we knew? Or is it maybe that we just have to post and tweet about the stuff that is ‘trending’? But why does someone famous deserve that much ‘likes’, when people die every – single – day in car crashes, leaving families and friends behind.
I probably just don’t get it.