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  • I am sure many people fly successfully in helicopters all the time, but I will not be one of them.

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    • My friend's husband bought a plane last summer and I was like: Get a lot of insurance on him and never go in it! And she was horrified, I think, but I couldn't help myself. It was out before I could process it!

      Anyway, this is very sad and I was kinda grossed out by all the women on my Twitter timeline immediately bringing up the 20YO rape allegations. I have no idea if he did it (he probably did? I mean, Gen X men had to learn consent as they went along and were all terrible back then so I don't really doubt it), but it's not like he's Harvey Weinstein. And his baby died with him. Maybe give them a minute to collect and identify the dead before you use it to advance your cause? IDK. It just felt gross to me. Also, a lil bit racist. One person I saw who was particularly vocal had a friend who immediately invoked Cosby and I was like: Hmmmm. Curious line y'all drawing there.
      Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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      • I'm so fucking sad about this. I was sad enough when I thought it was just Kobe, but then knowing that little girl (and now 3 little girls) died too, man, I'm big time fucked up about it. I woke up this morning thinking about his wife and how she has to process all of this while trying to make it make sense to a 3 yr old and take care of another baby. And then I read that their oldest daughter had to be rushed to the hospital because she's asthmatic and couldn't stop hyperventilating when she got the news. There was a lot of bullshit about this everywhere yesterday, so hopefully that's not true, but I mean, it's not hard to believe either way. It's so weird because I wasn't a huge Kobe fan and I don't really have close ties to LA so I didn't expect to feel so awful about it all. But it hit me so hard and I cried a bunch yesterday. Mr. Issie just kept WTFing all day under his breath. He loves basketball, is teaching our kids to love basketball, and sports are always on in the background at our house because we both consume a LOT between the big 3. Kobe, even in retirement, seemed to permeate all sports in some way like as a reference to greatness. It's surreal to stop and think that he's gone. NBA All Star weekend is coming up and that's gonna be weird and eerie and then when he gets inducted to the HoF later this year, ugh, it'll be awful all over again.

        This many years after the rape case, I've kind of resolved in my own mind that it's very similar to the Aziz Ansari situation. A 24 yr old dude who never hears no prob didn't realize or willingly ignored the fact that acquiescence/concession isn't the same thing as an actual yes.

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        • Same on all that. Evan Rachel Wood’s tweet grossed me out to the extreme, and the idea that his family might come across it made me want to vom. I’m not big on the NBA - for me it’s college basketball all the way, and even then, I only care about my team. But Kobe is an icon, and America kinda grew up with him. He seemed to really assess his life after that sexual assault case got settled and his wife took him back. Definitely cried sporadically yesterday thinking about those little girls’ last moments and all of the families left mourning. Kobe retired and he even took helicopters to spend more time with his daughters! So much about this is sickeningly sad.

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