Justin Bieber canceled a concert on German television this weekend so he could pray for Samuel Koch.
But why and who is Samuel Koch?
Koch -- a German student -- ended up in intensive care last night after a stunt he performed on German television where he was supposed to jump a moving car on spring stilts went terribly wrong
Just want to let my people in Germany know I won’t be on Wetten Dass tonight as an accident has taken place and …we all don’t think it is right to continue. Please pray for Samuel Koch & his family as we wait and hope for his health and safety, Bieber tweeted.
It is a bit puzzling, since the two had no prior connection, but it does prove the young performer has a heart.
Meanwhile, Koch is said to be doing somewhat better -- "moving his arms and legs" -- since he made his ill-fated attempt at the dangerous stunt landed him straight on his (helmeted) head.
See the stunt below:
It is a pretty scary reality in this era of Jackass and stunt mania that real people are performing and are really facing the consequences.
The willingness to do or try anything just to get on television is nothing new. And neither are daredevil feats of amazement (try going over Niagara Falls in a barrel). But how many times have you watched those shows wondering if the person is really going to get hurt?
If he had gotten up, would the Samuel Koch incident have been on an episode of "Germany's Funniest Home Videos" instead of a tragic incident?
We watch these things partly to see if the person is going to kill themselves. It's an age old human desire to see carnage or to think "better him than me," but it is also kind of sick and a fairly low-brow form of entertainment.
Had he made it, it would have been "amazing" but he is famous right now -- trending on Twitter, Facebook and Google trends -- because he didn't.
So what does that say about society?
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