Month: November 2013

Fast and Furious star dies in car crash. Oh, the irony.

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If you’ve been on the Internet today, watched the news or even spoken to somebody, you might have heard about Paul Walker, the actor from the move ‘Fast and Furious’ (a dumb Hollywood flick that glamourises street racing, recklessness and the general misuse of transportary vehicles,) dying in a car crash.

It seems like everyone with an internet connection is posting “RIP Paul Walker” and things like “how could this have happened?” or “this is so tragic.”

This is assuming he wasn’t just killed off by Hollweird agents cashing in on another dead star. There couldn’t have been that many more Fast and Furious movies, anyway. Regardless, if he really did die in an unlikely freak accident, the cause of death seems, say, ironic, doesn’t it? I suppose Karma has a sense of humour.

How many people have died because they were directly or indirectly influenced by movies like Fast and Furious?

Here are some statistics to gander at:

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“RIP to everyone who thought driving recklessly was cool and ended up dying” -said no one ever.

  • Nearly 1.3 million people die in road crashes each year, on average 3,287 deaths a day.
  • An additional 20-50 million are injured or disabled.
  • Road crashes are the leading cause of death among young people ages 15-29
  • More than half of all road traffic deaths occur among young adults ages 15-44.

Déjà vu

The circumstances surrounding this incident and the way the public are reacting to it, remind me a lot of the Ryan Dunn case. Remember? the guy from Jackass who got himself killed in a car crash? “How could this have happened?” People always find the urge to ask. Well, here’s the kicker: He drove a car whilst being drunk

I wonder how many people -idiots- have seriously hurt themselves (or perhaps died) from attempting some stupid stunt they saw on “Jackass.”

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“Hey! my name’s Ryan Dunn and this is Jackass!”

 

Moral of the story:  Don’t drink OR drive.

Perhaps Paul Walke’rs death can serve as a grim reminder that driving fast and furiously is not cool, it’s deadly and stupid.

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How’s that for dramatic irony?

 

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