The Orlando shooting is horrible. It is simply, and completely, horrible.
The problem with doing Don’t Lose Your Headline is that we’re never quite sure how to approach the truly terrible stories. We come across a lot of very sad stories and we’ve made a decision to not include stories in the podcast if they are particularly disturbing, horribly tragic, or involve anything like murder or the death of innocent people. However, to simply ignore the Orlando Shootings feels wrong. We all want to comment on this and I have no doubt it will be mentioned in the next episode of the podcast.
I think the best way to proceed is simply with love and caring (no matter how trite that may sound). We make a lot of jokes about all sorts of folks, and the LGBT community has certainly been the focus of a joke or two. But we have never, ever done so maliciously or with intent to upset folks. If we joke about you, we love you.
Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the families and friends of those who so senselessly and tragically lost their lives in Orlando. For those who lived through it, I can’t even begin to understand what it must have been like and I can only wish you a healthy recovery, physically and mentally. Live well; it is the best revenge.
Life is to be celebrated, and with that in mind, the Orlando Sentinel is actually doing a lovely, positive thing on their website right now. They’ve listed all of those who were killed in the Orlando Shooting and chosen to focus on their lives, and what made them special in this world. I strongly advise everyone who sees this, no matter how far off in the future it is, to go to that website, start at number one, and read about every single one of the victims. Read about who they were, smile, cry and take them with you as a memory whilst you live out the rest of your life. They deserve at the very least, half an hour of your time.
Life is to be celebrated; Celebrate theirs. They were here. They were important. They were us.