I will be the first to admit that I was pleasantly — to say nothing of exceedingly — surprised to see people behaving themselves on the Internet after it was announced that Prince Rogers Nelson tragically died on Thursday at the age of 57.
In year that has has already seen David Bowie, Maurice White and Merle Haggard — innovators each and every one of them — all die, the stunning news that Prince passed away was a real kick in the gut.
The reason for that is: Prince was awesome and he was too damn young to die.
Everybody loved Prince, and for one day it seemed like each and every person set aside their petty differences to join together and acknowledge his genius, his talent and his absolute originality that influenced — and will continue to influence — generations of artists and music fans.
I mean, holy shit, look at this from Minneapolis Thursday night:
— Aaron Lavinsky (@ADLavinsky) April 22, 2016
And look at this from around the world
For a brief moment in time, it was goddam refreshing to see folks reacting like human beings with a heart and a soul and everyone acting decently for once.
Condolences to Prince family. He allegedly was treated for a drug overdose days ago. I celebrated 20 yrs of drug rehab in my jails today. — Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) April 22, 2016
Drugs are killing our nation!
— Joe Arpaio (@RealSheriffJoe) April 22, 2016
I don’t need to tell you that Sheriff Joe — who calls himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff” — is a monstrous racist and sadist who, if there was any justice in the world, would be living in one of his own tents in 150 degree heat when he’s not working on one of his chain gangs in the Arizona sun.
What makes his extreme dickishness so goddam awful is that it is highly unlikely he gives a damn about Prince — with Sheriff Joe’s Twitter account primarily used to promote himself and his goon squad.
So why did he do it? Simple, like I said: he’s an asshole. He’s always been an asshole and he’ll always be an asshole. Combine that with his bigotry and you can see why he’s a racist rock star in his own right for conservatives all across the country.
Needless to say, the good folks on Twitter let him know what they thought — although many comments were lost after he deleted the original tweet.
@RealSheriffJoe I hope Mexico conquers Phoenix
— kept_simple (@kept_simple) April 22, 2016
@RealSheriffJoe way to insert yourself in something that has nothing to do with you, you grandstanding sociopath.
— C. N. B. (@cnbintucson) April 22, 2016
A true representation of egotistical racist fuckery, you are.
— E.tty.M (@EttyM) April 22, 2016
Let me just add to this:
Dude, next time just … don’t. Stay out of it. It’s none of your business. Don’t be a prick. Don’t be a self-promoting dead-souled sociopathic racist dickbag with a God complex.
In other words, for a moment: don’t be you. Asshole.