Hey tumbles. So I’ve seen this “lmao so funny, much parody” Australian train etiquette ads post on my dash a several times today and, like.
As someone who has legitimately reasoned herself out of suicide by jumping with “I will inconvenience people on their way to work/getting home to their family/I’ll scar some kid who sees it” (amongst other reasons, of course) many, MANY times, this hit me hard. (Also, haha, my name is Sam.) Others too, I’m sure. Can we NOT make “jokes” like this?
I’m all for laughing at myself, it’s healthy, but suicide and suicidal thoughts are NEVER funny. I’m mostly gotten past this point, but the daily experience (I’m a commuter) of the physical pull in my chest to jump, without it even being on my mind, was one of the most gut-wrenchingly terrifying periods of my life. And I’m sure there are so many people out there who are still experiencing this. I’m lucky.
So seriously. Fuck this. :/
Not talking on the “Quiet Car” is Train Etiquette.
Not hogging up an empty seat with your bag when people are standing is Train Etiquette.
Not playing annoying, noisy games on your cell phone is Train Etiquette.
Not eating smelly fast-food on the train car is Train Etiquette.
Not leaving your suitcase in the aisle is Train Etiquette.
"Etiquette" has nothing to do with a person contemplating whether or not to jump in front of a train. And while you’re pissed off that your train line is cancelled or delayed, someone has lost their life to a crippling illness. It’s not funny. It’s not something to make light of. I’m sorry Sam, this parody ad crossed the line. It’s not fair to you and others who have struggled with suicidal thoughts, and hopefully people will realize how NOT FUNNY this is… :C
EDIT: I wasn’t totally getting that this was a parody, but it’s still not funny. SOMEBODY made it into a joke, and that’s not cool.