Phil's Hearing Loss

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I don't usually like to criticize other people's posts, since I know my place and don't need to be reminded that I am only a member of the list like everyone else here.  And I know that some have clarified that you were only trying to make light of the situation with your jokes on this subject.  Nevertheless I must say that the "childish puns" have gone too far IMO this time. 

I would like to think that I am not devoid of a sense of humor, but I won't go as far as to laugh at someone else's illness.  I wouldn't do this even to people that I don't particularly like.  When Mariah Carey suffered her mental breakdown, I didn't get any urge to crack jokes about it even though I had never liked her as a singer or as a person.  Just because Phil seems to have recovered from the temporary deafness does not mean that it would never return and be more permanent next time (knock on wood, I am not trying to bring him bad luck).  If this was truly "a stroke in the ear", a vascular origin would be implicated which would be more cause for concern for his cardiac health.  Obviously, without a definitive diagnosis or a medical report we wouldn't be able to ascertain the etiology or the seriousness of his condition.  However, somehow I get the feeling that no one would be making fun of this if Peter was the one affected. 

Actually I was surprised that Phil didn't make this public until now.  Many other celebrities would have made a big deal out of it for publicity or to play for sympathy.  Not our Phil, he didn't let us know until now and even tried to trivialize it.  When I saw the subject title of Jeff's post, I initially thought it must be some kind of joke.  But unfortunately I realized it was not.  I couldn't believe the first 7 or 8 responses were not those expressing concern but rather one pun after another.  Yes, I agree with Phil Duke (I don't care what you think) that these were insensitive and inappropriate.  As a Genesis AND Phil Collins fan, I am offended. 

If your friend or someone in your family had a recent heart attack, would you joke about it so soon after his/her recovery??  If that would be your first impulse, I can only say I am very sad for your family and friends.  Phil may be rich and famous, but that doesn't mean that he is not human.  He needs sympathy and support like anyone else in a similar situation.  Are Genesis fans heartless??

"Leave me alone with my heart,
It's broken in two and I'm not thinking too straight"


Lily


James, Tom, Janet, and everyone else:



Maybe I came off sounding a little irrational last night, but I hope you got the gist of what I was trying to convey.  Believe it or not I am quite a self-disciplinarian in the "real world", and I am the kind that rarely allow emotion to overrun my senses (almost Vulcan for the Star Trek fans).  However I have not censored my thoughts much at all when it comes to sharing my opinion on this list (so maybe I am just another Phil Collins fan who doesn't think before she types).  No I do not think all Genesis fans are heartless (although at least one person on the list comes very close to being that), and I was not accusing any of you.  Nevertheless, I found the initial reaction to the news to be rather peculiar.  Why was it that I could not detect even a tiny bit of a sense of shock from any of the first couple of responses?  It seemed as if no one found it sad or alarming or even surprising that Phil had this serious and rare medical condition.  So he had devastating hearing loss for a couple of month and was contemplating quitting, too bad for him, life goes on and we are not going to let that stop us from having fun for a minute here on Paperlate.  I'm sure that was not what you had in mind at the time, but that was the impression I had when I read some of the posts.  Maybe I should have expected this, after all G fans have long been known for acting somewhat strange comparing to common folks.  But to quote a great band, "even though I never learn, I'd hoped he'd show just some concern, some concern"...

Shooting off my mouth again,

Lily

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