Tuesday, August 14, 2012


During the break last night at work, I stumbled on a pretty disturbing story from last Thursday's The Telegram about a viral video of a degenerate urinating on a sleeping homeless man outside of Toronto's Eaton Centre.

It might be old news by now, but I was shocked to see a frame from the graphic video. What the heck is wrong with people? How can a living person think so little of another? How do they  lack morals, ethics, human decency, compassion and humanity?

What is at the root of such a terrible mistreatment of another? Why video it? What kind of people find this funny? How could this be "cool"?

Last year two 15-year-olds were charged with assault after they posted a video to the same website World Star Hip Hop showing a  group of young girls attacking an older homeless woman on Yonge Street. The internet is full of similar videos. People catching homeless people on fire, fighting with them, kicking them and other mean assaults.

It is not just hoodlums without a clue, Two police officers in the Southern California town of Fullerton have been ordered to stand trial for the death of Kelly Thomas, a mentally ill homeless man. Thomas died in July 2011 from injuries sustained during a violent arrest by six Fullerton officers. The incident was caught on a surveillance video

With YouTube and social media, it seems the abuse of people in homeless situations is becoming common place.

Due to unemployment, mental illness and family struggles, more Candians are becoming homeless. These people need our help and understanding. People from all walks of life can become homeless and almost no one is immune from the possibility. 

Perhaps this twisted video will  much needed attention to the mistreatment of the mentally ill.

1 comment:

Nancy Crozier said...

Alas, I don't think this video or any of the others will bring focus to the mistreatment of the mentally ill. We've known for years that they are mistreated - sometimes by the very institutions that are meant to help them.

Mental illness - even the obvious "us vs them" kind, not the kind that our friends and family, even ourselves, suffer from time to time - is a public health subject no one wants to touch because it's challenging, extremely complex, and very expensive. One of those problems that's never going to be "solved". Introduce homelessness - another challenging and complex issue - to the mix and most people would rather just not watch the video. Or, having seen it, they forget it.