Stop exploiting tragedy?
Look, I love me some TJ as much as the next guy, but I have to wonder if his latest video (linked above) is an exercise in intentionally absurd irony. I almost don’t want to comment on it, for fear that the other shoe is going to drop leaving me looking like an assclown.
It’s bugging me, though. So here are the problems with the video as I see them.
First and foremost, the parenthetical portion of his title “Stop exploiting tragedy”. Isn’t posting a video about an hours-old multiple homicide that (even you admit) nobody knows a goddamned thing about, then slathering ads all over said video and kicking back waiting for the search term traffic to roll in “exploitative”? Is monetary exploitation of a hot search term okay, while ideological exploitation of the same event isn’t?
Secondly and lastly, the hyper-simplified black and white portrayal of the gun debate in this country is just lazy, and (at least to me) came off as a poor rationalization for rushing to the presses to scoop up them adsense dollars while the gettin’ was good. As TJ knows, the debate involves a little more than “BAN ALL GUNS” on the left and “GIVE EVERY THREE YEAR OLD A GLOCK” on the right.
Maybe I misread the whole video. Maybe I’m in a bad fucking mood today (protip: I am.)
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