Devastation in Japan is no joking matter

Freddie Alvarado, staff writer

Recently, Japan suffered a devastating natural disaster that will be recorded in history. On Friday, March 11, 2011, the big city of Sendai was struck by what was originally an 8.9 earthquake on the Richter scale was confirmed to be a 9.0 along with a tsunami following. Disaster was only the burden on Japan, for they declared 3,158 people are pronounced dead while there are over 2,000 missing. Not only that, but radiation has leaked throughout cities due to nuclear failure forcing contamination in newborns up to elders and mass evacuations creating ghost towns, yet in the eyes of the fortunate we find this “funny”? Hours prior to the disaster, celebrities posted on the popular Twitter insensitive jokes regarding the matter. For example, popular rapper 50cent tweeted, “Look this is very serious people I had to evacuate all my hoe’s from LA, Hawaii and Japan. I had to do it. Lol.” Not only is this rude, but it also ignorant and shows a low maturity, especially coming from our “pop idols”. Comedian Gilbert Gottfried also rudely tweeted, “Japan is really advanced. They don’t go to the beach. The beach comes to them,” which caused an immediate firing in his job as the Aflac duck’s voice. As these two celebrities did apologize later via Twitter, in the eyes of the people that do care it’s still immature. Not only have celebrities been acting disrespectfully with this disaster, so are fellow students. Facebook statuses have also increase with the Japanese earthquake topic. Sadly, these are every age ranging from the newly freshmen to the “wise and leader based” seniors. Such statuses by the student body included, “Godzilla attacked Japan. They’re just blaming it on an earthquake.” Although there are some inconsiderate students, there are also some that care and post, “Praying for Japan,” or “God bless Japan.” Just remember, if disaster was to strike your home, friends, and family, would such a joke really be funny? You would care too.