“A City United in Sorrow,” reads the headline atop today’s Kansas City Star. “Community Mourns – Kasandra Perkins and Jovan Belcher remembered.”
Two people 99 percent of Kansas City never heard of before check out and because one of them was a Chiefs player – who just happened to murder his girlfriend and himself in a sensationalistic manner – the entire city is supposedly awash in sorrow? I don’t buy it.
I’ll tell you what we’re awash in and that’s media bullshit.
Kansas City is crawling with black on black crime, senseless, heinous murders that get little to no news coverage outside of formulaic TV shorts. Now suddenly, because of the high profile nature of the crime, we’re wading through front page headlines like, “Victim’s friends ‘don’t want her to be overshadowed.'”
Now we’re treated to endlessly long, trivial details about how murder victim Perkins was such a nice person, how she and Belcher argued but no biggie, that Belcher liked to shoot guns but no one thought he’d ever use one on her, how another Chiefs player’s wife fixed the pair up, they had a movie date and on and on and on.
Voila, instant soap opera!
Did we really want or need to learn that the victim liked to go out with girlfriends, eat Mexican and shoot the shit over Margaritas? What’s with that research? I mean, really. Check out this quote from the Star story:
“Perkins and Belcher often showed their loving side, kissing and hugging and joking around.”
Imagine that. After dating for three years and having a kid together they actually kissed, hugged and joked.
Great investigative reporting.
Basically the Star is milking a sensationalistic story about a dude who lost it – a guy the Chiefs would have cut in a heartbeat for a slightly better player and not done didley for or cared one whit – because he committed a series of high profile murders.
And like KC Confidential‘s Matt Donnelly just said, what’s with all the Chiefs player tributes to Belcher? The dude lost it, offed his girlfriend, then himself himself.
That’s hardly tribute worthy.
Yet not a single paragraph in today’s “news” stories about what a shithead Belcher was for murdering the mother of his child.
I know, I know. It makes for a better read that the victim liked to hang out, eat Mexican and drink margaritas.