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R.I.P. Heath Ledger

Dan Taft Wednesday, January 23, 2008

I used to refer to him as Heech Leather; at first I thought he wasn’t a very good actor who appeared in a bunch of meaningless and somewhat crappy movies. However, in the later part of his career he showed that he actually was a good actor. As much as the homophobes were scared to see the movie because it might bring out their secretly gay side, “Brokeback Mountain” was a pretty good movie in which he definitely stole the show. And it was important. Ledger also just wrapped production on the new Batman movie which also may show how talented he was.
Aside from that, I don’t really know anything about the guy. He was probably a good guy; it seems like he may have died from some drug related issue, which is a shame. I do want to point out one thing, though, which will probably be read as controversial. Any time someone dies at such a young age it is certainly tragic; however, the fact that his death gets the amount of press that it does in contrast to the minimal press that a soldier’s death gets says something about us as people. Even more so, look how little attention the deaths of the Iraqi civilians gets. On 9/11, several thousand innocent people died, which was certainly tragic. Since the beginning of the Iraq war, tens of thousands, maybe even hundreds of thousands of innocent people have died, but because they aren’t American, or because they aren’t a celebrity, people here don’t seem to give a shit. In Darfur people are being slaughtered and you never hear about it. I’m just sayin…


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