To Top

What’s the point in sharing corpse images?

On Tuesday morning, Ugandans woke up to the sad loss of one of their dancehall artistes, Emmanuel Mayanja, popularly known as AK-47, a younger brother to Jose Chameleone, Weasel and Pallaso who sadly passed away on Monday night.

Such a sad loss! I mean, it is no surprise that the talented Mayanja brothers have had their share of circus, beefing with each other at one point and making up when maturity strikes, but no one saw this huge blow – the death of the youngest member in this family coming. May God rest his soul in eternal peace.

Now for the ill-mannered people who shared and are still sharing photographs of the corpse for all and sundry, what is their case? I think some people keep losing it in the quest of breaking any story. Imagine this; you are taking a nap but must snap out of it after the whatsapp tone goes off with a photo of the corpse and the family mourning besides it right in your face. OMG, the shock!

What explains such madness? Who gives these people the right to take such photos? I mean aren’t there better photos to share in such cases as opposed to one lifeless picture that not only renders this act disrespectful to the bereaved, but also makes it a gruesomely cold habit? What happened to celebrating the dead in the best way possible? For example, AK 47 had some good music hitting the airwaves, with plenty of jolly photos and videos all over the place. So why can’t those whose hands are itching to attach a photo to any message choose from the many as opposed to the corpse?

I know that there is a price to pay once one is in the limelight, but we need to exercise common sense when dealing with some obviously sensitive cases; like the death of a celebrity.

For example, it was never the deceased’s family’s choice to have their own in the limelight. So at such moments, it would not hurt to grant them quality time to mourn and give their person a befitting sendoff minus the unnecessary interference from whoever feels like they should give an opinion?

For purposes of clarity, that respectful sendoff has nothing to do with the exposure of the corpse as if it were some trophy of sorts.
For crying out loud, someone is dead, a family has lost a loved one, where is the joy in this whole scenario that justifies sharing the corpse’s photo?

More in Connie Tiffs