Human Exceptionalism

Ha! Euthanasia Becoming a Laugh Riot

So, now euthanasia is becoming a source for comedy. Joel David Moore is about to direct a film about a son taking his father to be killed. From the Deadline Hollywood story:

Avatar actor Joel David Moore is set to direct comedic drama Youth In Oregon, about a man who must drive his 80-year-old father-in-law cross country to be euthanized.

Belly laughs galore!

I am a big Three Stooges fan. When the recent film homage to the boys came out, I was one of the first in line. Guess what? The main story line has the stooges attempting to murder someone because they think it is a mercy killing: From my blog post:

In a mix-up of identities too complicated to go into here, the boys are convinced that the boyfriend is the husband and that he wants to be killed “by surprise” because he is terminally ill and will become a “vegetable.” If they succeed, the new widow will pay them $830,000. And they try. They really try to kill him–and almost succeed (in a very funny slapstick turn in which they throw him in front of a bus) before learning they are being played for chumps.

I don’t recall the original Stooges ever trying to kill anyone. Yet, our contemporary updated boys–pure in heart and innocent to the ways of the world–don’t even blink an eye that it might be wrong to kill somebody because they are sick and want to die. Oh, and here’s another ironic note: The orphanage for which they would be paid blood money to save is run by Catholic nuns.

At the end of the movie two stuntmen appear to tell kids that the hammers with which the characters hit each other are rubber and warn them not to poke their friends in the eyes. Yet, these same children have been sent a not subtle message that euthanasia is just fine and dandy. I don’t even think it was intentional. It is just the culture-of-death smog permeating everything.

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.,

Oh, and here’s another one! An Italian woman recently went to Switzerland and killed herself at a suicide clinic because she was lonely. From The Local story:

Oriella Cazzanello, 85, travelled to a clinic in the city of Basel, where she paid €10,000 for an assisted suicide, Articolo Tre reported.

Her family only learnt of her death after they received an urn containing her ashes and a death certificate from the clinic on Tuesday, Vicenza Today reported. The news website Leggo reported that Cazzanello had not been ill and chose to end her life because she was “lonely” and “tired of of old age”.

Please stop. My stomach hurts! But not from laughing. 

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