Why I Don't Find Humor in BuzzFeed's Article for People Who 'Love Dying'
On February 18, BuzzFeed posted an article I find offensive: “19 Pictures That Are Too Real If You Love Dying And Being Dead.” While some say the purpose of this article is comedic relief, I feel like it was a direct stab at my mental illness and suicidal ideation.
The article shares a person’s text conversation that says, “Are you alive?” to which the response is, “debatable.” It shows a hypothetical Twitter conversation between a murderer and their victim, where the victim thanks the murderer for killing them. It shows a Google search for “how to die instantly.” I was shocked when I looked at the comments and saw that most of them said the article was funny.
Living with suicidal thoughts is not fun and games. I don’t believe it is something to be mocked. Real people struggle with these real illnesses. I wish Buzzfeed would please take this article down. They don’t understand how hurtful it can be.
If you need support right now, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255, the Trevor Project at 1-866-488-7386 or text “START” to 741-741.
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