If you haven’t seen it, “Don’t F*** w/Cats” is a true crime documentary series streaming on Netflix. It’s about the killer of Jun Lin, Luka Magnotta. Magnotta first began his atrocious acts by filming and uploading himself murdering kittens in horrendous ways. Which all culminate sin him recording and uploading a video of himself killing Jun Li. The series chronicles the group of internet nerds who are on a mission to discover who the person behind the series of videos of murdering cats is. They somehow use clues in the videos and use google maps and any online resource they can to find the identity of Luka M. At the end, the group of people who initially on their own investigated Luka for killing cats wondered if they “egged” Luka on and fed his ego. They wonder if they created or fed the monster.
Once I finished it, which I did in one sitting, I was speechless. While watching this series I took breaks to eat and scroll through Instagram. On one of my little breaks, while scrolling though Instagram I saw that one of my friends had shared a video someone had taken at a train station. The train was in the station, a police or MTA employee was standing by a cart door while people stepped off. The person recording was laughing and filming the dead and dismembered body of a man, on the tracks, that had committed suicide by jumping in front of the train. I couldn’t even finish watching, I reported the video. Not even ten minutes later Instagram informs me they’ve reviewed the video and nothing is wrong with it.
What person thinks its okay to record the dead body of a person?
What kind of person thinks it’s okay to share a gruesome video?
Why can’t Instagram after years have not improved their review into inappropriate posts?
I don’t have an answer to any of these questions. But I do know that my generation shares everything. No matter how gruesome it is. A few months ago many people on my Instagram were sharing the racist memes others had made about Halle Bailey’s casting as Ariel in The Little Mermaid. The friends I had weren’t sharing these posts to be racist but to in a way inform others about the racism of other people. But we already know people are racist, at least I knew that people would have a problem with casting directors not casting a white actress for the role of Ariel. I felt that the people on Instagram sharing these racist memes in order to raise awareness were instead only spreading the hate. They were doing what the creators of the memes wanted in the first place. For people to see these memes, to gain attention.
Which is exactly what Luka Magnotta wanted. He based his crimes and dropped hints of them with movies and songs. He wanted attention and he got a whole limited series about his crimes. I know I’m being hypocritical because I binge-watched the whole thing. I know that I play into this culture by watching crime documentaries. But I guess it comes back to why I’m even writing this post, Im trying to somehow find the answer to the question: What kind of person does this?
By “this” I mean, share racist memes without really thinking and realizing that they’re sharing them. Or record a dead body. Or kills others.
I guess it all comes back to attention. People want it. I mean just watch Nightcrawler.
I’ve kind of run out of thoughts. I have them but they’re more self-reflective right now. This is the end of my little rant.