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4 people have just been arrested in conjunction with the drugs found in the apartment of Phillip Seymor Hoffman at the site of his suicide.
Several things come to mind here.
One. Phillip Seymor Hoffman was a great actor. He created vivid characters that all had authenticity and a burning intensity.
Two. The media refuses to call it a suicide when white male stars commit suicide. Heath Ledgers death wasn’t reported a suicide despite his taking a lethal amount of drugs, and neither had Hoffman even though he was found with a needle sticking out of his arm. Yet Brittany Murhphy’s death was instantly characterized as a suicide, as America loves the myth of the fragile beauty. Think of Marilyn Monroe, Dorothy Dandridge, Judy Garland you get my drift. There was no question in the mind of the media about these women and their problems. The misogynistic culture all too quickly jumps to the premise that women are weak, and therefore susceptible to suicide. However both Heath and Phillip enjoy the straight while male privilege of having a “problem” caused by drugs, not their own demons and issues, the issue characterized by the male dominant media is that the problem for these straight white men lay outside of themselves. The devil made them do it in other words, while those women were just weak.
Three wow, the white privilege they experience even in death even affords them the luxury of due process few of us have during life. Already the people connected with supplying the drugs that resulted I the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman have been arrested. So why is it the NYPD can apprehend these particular drug dealers so quickly while regular citizens of color must hide in fear of drug related violence and drive by shootings in poorer boroughs of the city?
I am angered and saddened by these events. I wish Hoffman and Ledger peace In death, but I also cite the privilege they still occupy that must end.