Leave it to the New York Post to be really sensitive to a young person’s death, calling Nicole John “hard-partying” above all else. The death of John, daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Thailand, in the wee hours of Friday morning was already horrifying — she fell from the top floor of Herald Towers on 34th Street — but the new tabloid details of John’s life are chilling, because they’re so recognizable.
John, an incoming freshmen at Parsons School for Design, was, by all indications, a completely normal (if well-off) 17-year-old high school graduate. But that won’t stop the Post from mining her blog for details with which to sensationalize her death. What did their detective work turn up?
In one last posting, from 22 days ago, John wrote, “I don’t sleep. I only dream” and featured a photo of herself lying on a sofa.
Welcome to the internet. But why not humiliate her family and shame her memory while we’re at it? The Post quotes from her blog:
“Saturdayyy [sic] went clubbing which was awesome getting VIP treatment, up until the part where I’m trying to hail a cab at 3 am, really really drunk…”
You get the idea. A doomed rich girl all along, nothing more, see?
But this is being seventeen, sheltered — ignorant, sure — but not worthy of scorn. Anyone who’s had contact with a teenager knows this girl and her friends. Hell, anyone who’s been in line at the movies knows, too. There’s no need to parade her youthful stupidity at this time under the guise of journalism. Rest in peace, right?