We should not imitate the dead
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!