We should not im­i­tate the dead

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

JOHN Donne said in his poem, Death be not proud. To­day, I am say­ing, South Africans be not proud for your #DeathPose pic­tures that flood our so­cial time­lines. It is ab­surd and dis­turb­ing to see black peo­ple make fun of a thief of life – death.

When did some­thing so tragic, some­thing so un­wel­come, some­thing so com­mon, yet un­com­mon be­come a form of en­ter­tain­ment?

It was all good with the #Dead­WithLaugh­ter #Crawl­ingToAvbob #DeathBy hash­tags but never in my wildest dream did I ever think that some­one would start such a trend where peo­ple post pic­tures where they look like corpses and it’s em­braced. This needs the high­est form of con­dem­na­tion. It was on Sun­day evening when I first saw a pic­ture of some­one who looked as if they had been killed in a very cruel way – hanged on a se­cu­rity fence, look­ing help­less and not breath­ing.

I said a lit­tle prayer: may his soul rest in peace. But when I looked again to read the cap­tion, it had the hash­tag, #DeathPose. Trend­ing is good, but let’s trend for good rea­sons. To act or pose like you are dead is not a laugh­ing mat­ter but a death of our morals and tra­di­tions as blacks. It’s ta­boo!

Who­ever said South Africa doesn’t de­serve the in­ter­net was right. We can­not proudly im­i­tate dead peo­ple. This has got to stop. Now!

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