Tuesday, October 19, 2004

John Byrne ... Our Favorite Message Board Poster

Is it Tuesday? Then it must be time for John Byrne to make an inappropriate comment. In a thread on his message board about the recent Green Arrow HIV issue, John Byrne shares this comment ...

I have noticed that people have begun referring to Christopher Reeve as a "hero". I do not wish to take away one iota of the courage he must have needed not to wake up screaming every single day, but the hard truth is there was nothing "heroic" in what happened to him, or how he dealt with it. In fact, as far as how he dealt with it, he didn't even have a choice. We could imagine he spent every hour of every day (when not in front of the cameras) begging family members to simply kill him and get it over with -- but none of them did, so he had no choice but to deal with each day as it came.*

Heroism, I believe, involves choice.

*Not in any way suggesting this is what was happening, just in case there are those who are paralyzed from the neck up who might be reading these words. . .

I like the disclaimer best ... "Not in any way suggesting this is what was happening," yet he painted quite a vividly morbid picture there, didn't he?


Blogger Daddy said...

What's amazing is how long it took other people to respond to John's post.

And here's something ironic. After reading the post, my opinion of John's character is lowered, despite the fact that he was one of MY heroes growing up.

My view of Christopher Reeve as a true hero, however, is undiminished. He was, is, and always will be a true Superman in my eyes.

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