Social Media Comment of the Week #1

"What's wrong with Slim Thug's blood?"

The Short Version:
I shared a newsy link on Facebook leading to a story on a pop culture site about Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson. The celebrity couple were among the very first American celebs to get Coronavirus. Now the science peeps are gonna try to make a vaccine using Tom Hanks's platelets. I took it as an opportunity to make a joke. Before I knew it, someone appeared to be offended that Hanks's blood was being valued more than infected black celebs Kevin Durant and Slim Thug. I... find that hilarious.

Let me start by admitting that I didn't even read the blog post.  I just saw it and wanted to make a joke making fun of the way our culture worships celebrities.

The caption I added references the chorus of an old Christian hymn There is Power in the Blood.  

I was prepared for the possibility of hurting someone's church feelings, but I didn't anticipate race asserting itself as the primary issue.   

I should have, but I didn't.

After all, I'm the one who locked onto Screenrant's anointing of Hanks as the Great White Savior.  There is of course a rich history of using the bodies of black people to heal America.  

When it's us, it's usually an involuntary sacrifice.  But that's not funny.  What was funny was how quickly it turned us all into hemophages (literally "blood eaters").

So far the debate over whose blood we should be consuming has not really heated up, but I bet it wants to. 

Stay tuned...

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