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Should We Feel Bad for Laughing at This Electrocuted Hardcore Singer?

Music

Should We Feel Bad for Laughing at This Electrocuted Hardcore Singer?

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All morning long I’ve been deciding whether it’s okay to laugh at this video of Emmure singer Frankie Palmeri getting electrocuted on stage at a concert in Moscow. On one hand, being electrocuted is a horrible, random act that might keep him on edge for months, worried about picking up another mic without getting shocked—to say nothing of the psychic havoc wreaked on his loved ones after hearing he’d keeled over flatter than a washboard. On the other hand, he’s “a bit shaken up” but otherwise fine, according to this Youtube description, and a Tweet from the band’s guitarist proclaiming “He will be ok but the stage wasn’t wired safely & shocked the shit out of him. A sad day for us but we’ll make it up..”

And there’s the video himself: a few seconds of bracing ur-chug punctuated by pummeling riffage and Palmeri’s hardcore grunting before the shock happens, immediately stiffening his body as he topples down like a falled tree. It is kind of horrifying but also kind of hilarious, and I’m wondering if it’s the Internet that’s made me a sociopath or whether it’s been there all along. Fans of Emmure, friends of Palmeri: I’m sorry, I am. But I am also laughing and forwarding it around to my similarly sociopathic friends, as you may find yourself doing. Hopefully he’ll be able to eventually laugh about it, too, though maybe it couldn’t have happened to a nicer person. (throws hands in the air, gives up on parsing morality on the lawless Internet)