Just like the incessant and, dare we say, worthless "thoughts and prayers" messages that flood social media after every tragic event, RIP tweets are yet another dim-witted, superficial form to appear empathetic and express your condolences without really putting much thought behind it. And these tweets about Charles Manson prove it.
On Sunday, November 19, Charles Manson, American criminal and cult leader, has passed away this at the age of 83 after spending 40 years in prison for orchestrating seven murders, including that of Roman Polanski's pregnant wife Sharon Tate.
At the same time, another Manson – the popular American singer and songwriter Marilyn Manson – was alive and well, performing in Prague, Czech Republic.
The two men – related only by the fact that Marilyn Manson's pseudonym was inspired by Charles – ended up being mushed together by frenzied twitternauts who, instead of doing their research, wanted to jump on the empathy bandwagon as soon as possible and tell the world how much they miss Manson... But which one?
Confused tweets started pouring in with the message "RIP Charles Manson" accompanied by an image of Marilyn Manson. While we're guaranteed some people were just trolling (the author of that Russel Brand tweet, for example), others sounded genuinely concerned that their favorite freak is gone.
Funny or not, the situation is a good reminder that you shouldn't jump on trends without clarifying what they're about first. Otherwise, you will find yourself in poor Christian's shoes...