Sunday, November 1, 2009

We don't care about Drunk Guys and Rape Victims

My mother sent me the following video, meant to be a humorous couple of minutes spent laughing at a drunk man stumbling around a store:



I fail to see the humor in this. The story behind this YouTube phenomenon broke in July of 2008, and details how this man, Stanley Kobierowski, drank until his blood alcohol content was 0.491 (another 0.009 units would have been beyond fatal). Thankfully, the man lived, but what does it say about our culture when comments on YouTube echo the idea that the state of this man looks "fun?" Apparently, people around the globe think it would be a fun experience to be so hammered that you quite literally cannot stand up or function. At all.

I’m sort of glad the faces of the other people are clear enough to see, because they should be charged with obstruction or aiding and abetting, as they did nothing to prevent this man from being a danger to others after it was clearly necessary to contact authorities. This is like the story that recently broke about a 15-year-old girl that was gang-raped at Richmond High School in California. Several people witnessed the incident, but decided to Twitter about the event rather than actually call the police - which apparently was done well after the fact. Also, none of these witnesses attempted to stop the proceedings. Nobody was willing to speak up. If just one person had said something, broken the silence soon enough, the rape could have possibly been avoided.

We're in a society that doesn't want to get involved. That's dangerous. I'm sure you can draw your own conclusions at this point. I truly hope that if you're ever in a situation in which you can at least call for help that you do not hesitate.

Love and Lyte,

Fire Lyte

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