I’ll say that again: People are mourning the death of a KNOWN PAEDOPHILE.
Salling, who died from a suspected suicide, (though as of the time of writing, this could not be confirmed) was charged in 2015 with possessing and downloading over 50,000 indecent images of children. Pleading guilty to the charges, and facing up to seven years in jail, Salling was due to be sentenced in March of this year after having signed the sex offenders register and entering a “treatment program”.
Because as we all know, being a raging paedophile can be cured…
To me, Mark Salling’s family should be the only ones mourning his death, and even then; the mourning should be primarily about the fact that he died a monster. The fact that former cast members, and fans galore have been mourning his loss is absolutely perplexing to me.
Take this tweet by Matthew Morrison, Salling’s former cast-mate:
Morrison, who has since deleted the “moving” tribute to his late co-star, certainly isn’t the only person mourning the loss of a convicted paedophile. Scores of fans have been posting their own moving tributes to Salling; all while fully aware of the sick star’s horrific crimes, yet showing no sign of caring.
While I won’t post links or pictures of the tributes in here (due to the ages of the majority of the posters) I can assure you they are there. Just type in “Mark Salling tributes” in the search bar of Twitter, and you’ll see plenty of posts showing “compassion” and “sadness”.
Thankfully, you’ll also see plenty of condemnation.
Another of Salling’s co-stars – Jane Lynch, was interviewed regarding his death, and while not as fawning as Morrison’s tribute, her response was that of someone remembering the life of an old friend; one who has died from natural causes after living a fulfilling and honourable life. In fact, the closest that Lynch comes to calling out Salling for his heinous crimes is this quote:
“It’s been tough. He was a troubled, troubled guy, and he always was..”
Hardly a damning condemnation eh?
The link to the article in E! News is here: http://www.eonline.com/news/910943/jane-lynch-says-mark-salling-lived-a-troubled-life
We all know someone who – “can get you things at a bargain price, so long as you don’t ask where it came from!”
We all know someone who was a “bit of a rogue” in their younger days.
These are the kind of people you can learn to forgive; people who have made mistakes, simply out of desperation or foolhardiness, but who have managed to changed their ways and move on as a person. While they may have caused harm to people, it hasn’t been the kind of lasting harm that effects people for the rest of their lives.
A convicted paedophile however, isn’t someone who can be forgiven.
There are just some lines that can’t be crossed, and along with murdering a child, paedophilia is at the top of the list.
Hollywood has an unsavoury history of ignoring the horrific crimes of some of it’s stars, and it’s always in order to pay tribute to the perpetrators “artistic merit” (see post Roman Polanski won’t be charged with molesting a ten year old)
It’s high time that people; particularly those in Hollywood, stopped paying tribute to monsters like Mark Salling, and remembered him for what he really was:
A paedophile who helped to permanently destroy the lives of innocent children.
If there’s any tributes to be made, make them to the 50,000 victims of Mark Salling’s sick fantasies.