Monday, January 24, 2005

Tsunami VCD

Future SIL: Papi, Look!

Papi : What?


Papi : What VCD?

FSIL : Tsunami one!

Papi : hah?

Dad : Let's watch it now!

Papi : eee...don't want lar.

FSIL : yalar, better watch it after dinner, very graphic....

After dinner .....

Dad : Let's watch the VCD.

Papi : eee..don't want lar, geli lar.

Dad : No lar, very nice one.

Papi : eeeya, don't want, very geli one, later at night, you watch alone lar.

Dad : OK, OK.

That's right, those Uncle Ho's (now a Latuk Loctor) machais have come out with the Tsunami VCD! I have not seen it, and I won't see it. I have seen enough of Tsunamis stories, on our news medias, on the Internet, and mostly on the emails. Pictures of tsunamis devastation, and bloated death bodies of tsunami victims, with missing limbs and face bloated beyond recognition. I think it's wrong, by using this tragedy to make money. Using other people's grief, trouble and lost to gain a quick buck is unethical.

The Star has a report on this.

CDs on tsunami horror beat Bollywood movies in India

PORT BLAIR, India (AP) - Pushing aside pirated Bollywood movies, new releases are ruling the black market video charts: compilations of grisly pictures and videos of the tsunami horror.

"There is great demand for them,'' said Mukesh Vyas, a compact disc dealer in Port Blair, capital of the hard-hit Andaman and Nicobar island chain.

"We don't have the stock, they are so hard to get.''


But more often, it's highly graphic footage, often shot by amateurs, that would never make it to broadcast TV at all.


"It shows everything - how people died, how they were buried, people who were saved and destroyed property. Good quality. Good sound,'' said Palaniappan, a 14-year-old boy selling CDs on the sidewalk outside Port Blair's main Roman Catholic church.


It can be difficult to watch. At one point, a man - apparently drowning - can be seen trying to cling to a bridge as waves wash over him.

In another section, the bloated body of a child is levered into a grave by a group of policemen.

The videos worry Dr. Thaveesilp Wisanuyothin, spokesman for the Thai Health Ministry's mental health department. "These images could appear over and over again in people's minds leaving them with anxiety, sleepless nights or even full-blown post-traumatic stress disorder. Parents should be sure that children don't see such videos,'' Thaveesilp said in a telephone interview.


In Port Blair, Palaniappan, who lost no family members in the disaster, admitted he cannot stand to look at the most graphic sections of the video he was selling.

"I tested the CD for its quality at home. But I couldn't see the bodies and the scenes of cremations,'' he said. "I walked out.'' - AP