Having just gone through a natural disaster in Brisbane (though nowhere near the epic proportions of Sendai's earthquake), I have some understanding of the loss, confusion and sheer magnitude of emotions the people of Japan must be going through during this trying time.
However, as I wait anxiously for word from friends in Japan and/or with family and friends in Japan, I find myself disgusted and buzzing with rage at that little part of the international community, who decided that this act of Mother Nature is either:
- Payback for Pearl Harbour, or...
- Payback for all the dolphins and whales Japan slaughters in the name of science (or consumption)
These aren't just 1 or 2 wayward individuals - there's a whole bunch of them out there. To those people, I say:
- How convenient of you to forget the two atomic bombs the US dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in retaliation of Japan's attack on Pearl Harbour.
Payback? I think Japan's already more than paid with the 90,000–166,000 (Hiroshima) and 60,000–80,000 (Nagasaki) deaths, not to mention the radiation damage effecting generations to come.
Apparently this comment originated from a scriptwriter as a 'joke'.
Well, I don't find it at all funny. And then again, I cannot stand the show 'Family Guy'.
- I don't agree with Japan's whaling policies or activities either, but lumping anti-whaling sentiment with the effects of a natural disaster as a cause-effect relationship is just wrong. That's like drawing a direct co-relation between New Orleans suffering at the mercy of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 98,170 - 107,152 civilian deaths due to the US's invasion of Iraqi (2003 - 2009) - ridiculous, untrue and totally insensitive.
And then of course, there's Channel Newsasia's email to clients to book commercial slots now on the back of the disaster. And they don't even have the decency to issue a proper apology.
So it isn't just individuals, it's corporations as well.
Seriously, people? SERIOUSLY?!
I understand trolling on the internet will always exist, but this truely takes the cake. Have we been so bombarded by tragedy after tragedy that the only way for us to deal with more tragedy is to become insensitive pricks content with saying 'haha! You deserve it!'?
I hope not.
Help (courtesy of MacaronHearts), don't help, the choice is yours. Just stop kicking them when they're down.