I am somewhat embarrassed to admit it, but the way I found out about Osama bin Laden's death was through Andy Cohen on Bravo's Watch What Happens Live. I was all set to watch a half hour of Andy interrogating Alexis Bellino when he announced the news at the top of the show. "Holy s**t," I thought. "That's crazy!" I wanted to talk to someone about it, but my husband and dog were already in bed, and it was far too late to call anyone. So, I just watched a little news, did a little surfing, read my book, and went to bed. It was a calm end to my day, despite hearing such insane news.
However, that's not how Mets and Phillies fans found out, or how WWE fans found out. After John Cena won the WWE Championship in a three-man cage match, he took to the mic and dropped his knowledge on a sea of cheering fans. And it sounds awful.
After walking out to "The Stars and Stripes Forever," the victorious Cena told the crowd:
I walk out here every night with hustle, loyalty, and respect on my sleeve. That is a credo I've adopted from the men and women who defend the freedom of this country. The President has just announced that we have caught and compromised to a permanent end Osama bin Laden.
Then, just like at the Mets-Phillies game, fans erupted into applause, cheers, and the obligatory "USA" chant. I think it's a safe assumption that the fans left the match that night more hyped up and ready to party than ever.
See, to me, this is the exact opposite of where I would want to be when hearing about Osama's death. A rowdy crowd, drunk on Americana, cheering and screaming to their shirtless leader, just doesn't seem like an appropriate place to be. It seems more like a "death rally." And while of course I am happy about the news, hootin' and hollerin' with a group of people like it's New Year's Eve just seems ... icky.
To me, the ideal place to hear such news is at home with family. Or even just alone, like I did. It gives you time to process things, to get informed, to form your own opinions instead of being swept up in the moment, like it's so easy to do at sporting events. And if you're with family, it gives you a chance to talk about it together and make you realize how lucky you are that they're there.
And I may be wrong here, but it doesn't seem like watching a couple hours of fighting at a wrestling match, plus drinking, plus hearing news of Osama's death with a bunch of boisterous people is going to make people run out and pet a litter of kittens. Seems like things could get a little wild for some.
Like I said, though, I am glad about the news. I just hope that the killing of an awful human being who was responsible for so many deaths restores some of the peace in the world, and makes us all more appreciative of those we love. And that doesn't have to be loud.
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Where were you when you heard about Osama's death?
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