Dark sarcasm ought to be taught in schools

18 November 2005

I’ve had Sky News on in the background for more than an hour now while I was reading, and then surfing. Nothing but the story on the police officer shot in Bradford. Of course this is a tragedy, but isn’t this level of coverage a little over done considering they don’t actually have anything at all to say, apart from the fact that two female officers were shot, one injured in hospital, the other dead.

And are they ever making a huge deal out of the fact that it was a woman who died. As if that makes any difference.

Why the hell is everyone making such a big deal out of the fact that this police officer was female? A cop is a cop is a cop. Would it be okay if the officer was a man? Would that make it okay for his family, and friends? Why is the death of a woman so often regarded as worse than the death of a man? I just don’t get it.

Plus they have a whole load of messages from serving police officers going on about how they should all be armed. Cause that’d make a huge difference wouldn’t it. Look how well the London police did with their guns in the Underground.

I’m also wondering about these text messages they are reading out. How do they verify that they are really police officers?

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6 Responses

  1. NineMoons says:

    And this is why I deliberately tuned Sky News out on my tv.

  2. lemuel says:

    You remind me of the gangster from "Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai":

    (qouting from memory)
    Gangster 1: What have you done, you just shot a woman!
    Gangster 2: Dont be such a chauvinist pig; I shot a cop! They wanna be equal, I made her equal.

  3. simon says:

    Why is the death of a woman so often regarded as worse than the death of a man?
    because equality only works one way ?

    By the way just came across the site go to say good use of firefly quotes

  4. Dena says:

    I hate the news. It caters to the lowest common intellectual denominator. Like how CNN drags out a story ALL DAY LONG when all they have is a big pile of nothing.

  5. anne says:

    It's a cunning plan by all male chauvinists to make all women resign from/not enroll in the police force: they believe that kind of coverage will scare them away.

  6. Fence says:

    NM, but you are missing out on so… na, you aren't missing much.
    Lemeul I always meant to watch that Ghost Dog film, now I have another reason.
    Simon, welcome. I agree, it is like a lot of people want women and men to be equal, but a fake surface equality. Equal is equal.
    Dena, that is exactly what Sky News do. But it usually makes for okay background sound, and of course compulsive "car crash tv" when something really terrible is going on.
    Anne, I never thought of that. Evil chauvinists.