Is Suicide Funny? Bow Wow’s Haters Think So
When I read Bow Wow‘s tweets this past weekend, I took them seriously. His rambling thoughts appeared heartfelt and seemed to come from a dangerously lonely place. We’re all aware of how annoying celebrities are when Twitter becomes their therapist, but this particular 23-year-old has spent most of his life—including his most vulnerable teenage years—in the public eye, and it looks to have done more damage than good.
Judging by the overwhelmingly negative comments people have been so willing to share on other sites, I’m clearly in the minority of those willing to give Bow, born Shad Moss, the benefit of the doubt. Take a look at a few examples:
In today’s saturated media age where famous people’s issues play out in nauseous news headlines, it’s understandable fans’ patience with artists can be short. But Bow Wow, who released his debut album at 13 (2000′s Beware Of Dog), has in recent years seemed in need of real help—and who can blame him? Between ongoing child molestation talk involving B2K founder Chris Stokes and Marques Houston, and scandalous taunts of an intimate relationship between Bow and Omarion since their 2007 collaborative set Face Off, the poisonous gossip would take its toll on even the strongest-minded young man.
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is currently the seventh leading cause of death for males (compared to the fifteenth leading cause of death for females). HealthyPlace.com reports the suicide rate among black men has doubled since 1980, making it the third leading cause of death for black men between the ages 15 and 24. There is no shame in seeking help when suicidal thoughts take hold of you and the The National Hopeline Network 1-800-SUICIDE provides access to trained telephone counselors, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
As for Bow Wow, we wish him the power of courage, self-love and belief in himself. You may never know a person’s trials and tribulations till you walk in their shoes, but you can always reach out and be there for them in their time of need.