After having ridden the outrage they built up and stoked, detail by gory detail, for as long as they could, giving self-promoting pop psychologists and shameless politicians alike their chance to say something insensitive and inappropriate, sensible media types are now chiding us for credulously believing such nonsense and seeking scapegoats for more complex issues.
Yes, that would be the same media that has been beating up the story for the past week.
The Herald’s entertainment reporter Emily Dunn tut-tuts:
From Black Sabbath to goth-rocker Marilyn Manson and the disaffected pin-up boy Kurt Cobain, the dramatic lyrics and costumes of the dark music genres have always been a more tangible enemy than the behavioural and mental health problems that contribute to a young person’s decision to stop living.
Ah yes, that old chestnut. But surely the media and our fearless leaders would never attack the easy targets, rather than addressing the complicated and harder-to-solve issues, for cheap points-scoring or page hits?!
Personally, I’m with Denis Leary: we need to put more messages into heavy metal and emo records:
Kill the band, kill your parents, then yourself, ok!? Make sure you get your whole head in front of the shotgun. Thank you for calling!
But if being bullied at school, internerdism and a love of dark music are to blame, it can only be a matter of time before I kill myself and/or a whole bunch of other people. Then when I do, the media can go into another feeding frenzy about how I warned everyone in my “blog” – a form of electronic communication popular with the young people – and how come nobody saw the warning signs?!