In a recent live stream, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda expressed his dissatisfaction with the way media covered suicides of celebrities. He not only criticized the coverage of his bandmate Chester Bennington but other famous people as well, like Kurt Cobain, Chris Cornell, Kate Spade, and Anthony Bourdain.
Shinoda said that if people don’t like the way these deaths are being covered that they should avoid using social media, arguing that this “is an awesome way to take care of yourself.” You can read an excerpt from the live stream below (via Alternative Nation):
“Just because you’re curious? Is that a good reason? When they talk about addiction, it’s often been described as having a demon on your shoulder, or a monkey on your back, and the reason that it’s talked about that way is often times it feels like a voice that is telling you to do something. Sometimes that voice is convincing.
That little voice doesn’t say, ‘Go buy a bunch of a meth.’ It says, ‘Man, you haven’t talked to Johnny in awhile, you should call Johnny. I wonder how he is doing, he was doing pretty bad last time you talked to him, you should really call him.’ That voice is actually being sneaky in telling you, ‘You need to get in touch with Johnny, because Johnny has the meth.’ That’s the same thing that is going on for a lot of us. For me I’ve never been a drug addict, so that hasn’t happened to me.
“What does happen to me and happens to most of us is the very simple and subtle sneaky version of it. You read something and you go, ‘Oh, I’m so curious about that, let me click on it.’ You click on it just so you can get revved up about the information in there. That information in there is telling you the story about Anthony Bourdain, it’s telling you Kate Spade, it told you Chester, it told you Chris Cornell, it told you Kurt Cobain, it told you Lil Peep, it told you all these people.
Over and over we go through this. Don’t go for that man. Your attention is a commodity. It’s like money, and you’ve got to be just aware. I want you to be aware of where you spend it.