Our expert says:
One possibility is that its a form of denial, not of what happened, but of how serious it was - a way of avoiding taking it seriously and acknlowedging the uncomfortable feelings the event produces in us.
Maybe this is illustrated by the fact that the guy you quote who is particularly tasteless about this, has had at least two ugly and tragic personal experiences of this sort.
I'm not sure whether such jokes increase the risk or diminish the seriousness of violence against women. The violent perpatrators don't seem to have any sense of humour and dont make jokes. They dont even seem to see their victims as worth joking about, let alone taking more serioualy than that.
And then, I suppose, when we speak of something being "distasteful", well, people's taste's differ, and some people seem to have no sense of good taste at all.
As Kelly implies, when there's something awful happens to celebrities, they're close enough as slebs for us to know them and talk about them, but generally distant enough for us not to actually feel much about them. And, as K says, they're somehow seen by many people as unreal as though they don't really bleed and hurt like the rest of us do.
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