By Alex Stanley ’12
The ancient Romans were entertained by watching gladiators fight and die in the Coliseum.
This may sound somewhat appalling to modern day Americans, but really we are not so different from this ancient culture.
Nowadays, people take enjoyment from watching others humiliate themselves.
Instead of gladiators, we have Rebecca Black and Charlie Sheen.
We like watching people make fools out of themselves, and we hope they fail for our enjoyment.
Making fun of people has become a staple of our society, without regard to their well-being.
Singer Rebecca Black is clearly one of the most recent examples of this.
Her song “Friday” has more than 100 million views on YouTube.
How did this happen? It is absolutely atrocious.
People watch it because they enjoy how bad it is—they can’t turn away.
Another example is Charlie Sheen’s recent exploits, and how his life is swiftly spiraling out of control.
He is perhaps mentally unstable, and what do we do? Buy so many tickets to his show that it is sold out in 18 minutes, according to TMZ.
This contributes to the further supplying of his relatively dangerous and unsound lifestyle, solely for a good laugh at how “crazy” he is.
However, he may not be the only “crazy” one.
The only tickets available for his “My Violent Torpedo of Truth/Defeat Is Not an Option Show” are $116 each.
It seems incredible that people are willing to spend that much money solely to watch a train wreck.
Instead of fostering positive role models or traits, we are captivated by the misfortune of others.
It may be only a matter of time before our stadiums are filled with fans chanting for blood.