Mike Shinoda Criticizes Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain & Chester Bennington Death Reports

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Linkin Park singer/guitarist Mike Shinoda criticized news coverage of celebrities dying by suicide like Chester Bennington, Chris Cornell, Kurt Cobain, Anthony Bourdain, and Kate Spade in a video live stream last month. He mentioned if people aren’t liking how it is being covered, avoiding news/social media to not be tempted to read the stories is a way they can avoid it.

“That is an awesome way to take care of yourself, because there is no reason to, just because you’re curious? Is that a good reason? When they talk about addiction, it’s often been described as having a demon on your shoulder, or a monkey on your back, and the reason that it’s talked about that way is often times it feels like a voice that is telling you to do something. Sometimes that voice is convincing. That little voice doesn’t say, ‘Go buy a bunch of a meth.’ It says, ‘Man, you haven’t talked to Johnny in awhile, you should call Johnny. I wonder how he is doing, he was doing pretty bad last time you talked to him, you should really call him.’ That voice is actually being sneaky in telling you, ‘You need to get in touch with Johnny, because Johnny has the meth.’ That’s the same thing that is going on for a lot of us. For me I’ve never been a drug addict, so that hasn’t happened to me.

What does happen to me and happens to most of us is the very simple and subtle sneaky version of it. You read something and you go, ‘Oh, I’m so curious about that, let me click on it.’ You click on it just so you can get revved up about the information in there. That information in there is telling you the story about Anthony Bourdain, it’s telling you Kate Spade, it told you Chester, it told you Chris Cornell, it told you Kurt Cobain, it told you Lil Peep, it told you all these people. Over and over we go through this. Don’t go for that man. Your attention is a commodity. It’s like money, and you’ve got to be just aware. I want you to be aware of where you spend it.”

Watch the full video below. You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.

  • Olga Stewart

    Reading the articles on this site is like going down the rabbit hole.

    Sigh! :(.

    • Gregory Marini

      Ah, the irony…

      • Olga Stewart

        Indeed.

  • Opinionist

    Frankly, after having read the article twice, I have no earthly idea what the message is supposed to be. Is it anti curiosity, anti click bait, anti conspiracy theory, anti suicide, or what exactly? Try as I might, i can make neither heads, nor tails of this jumbled mess. How about a favor…. Give us a clue!!!

    • makingconnections

      What I got out of it is that he regrets all of the attention the death of these musicians got on social media and he regrets that he read all of the Instagram posts that were put out there by friends and family of those that passed on and the responses by people like me.

      If there’s concern about it impacting musicians, society, families and on and on, then the conversation should be with people like Vicky Cornell and her mother who started a new phase on the internet of interfacing yourself completely over the person who had so many fans.

      They “stars” could quit airing every thought and grievance within their family on the internet–stop expecting special sympathy because of who they are married to and never let a fiasco like the past year or so happen again. Once it’s out there on social media, people will express their opinion. It’s human nature and shouldn’t be approached as some sort of addiction that reading their words inflicts on us.

      There are many beloved musicians who’ve died whose families grieved completely privately. They don’t push their children into the spotlight ever, especially when they are very young. It’s not up to the public to restrain ourselves obviously.

      • Opinionist

        Thanks very much for replying to me and answering my question very clearly!! Now that I understand,, I have to say that I agree totally with what you’ve said. Your response was not only something I agree with, but it’s also written so that anyone can understand what you’re saying whereas the article itself has to be one of the most strangely written things that I’ve read in quite a while. I really appreciate your having been nice enough to respond!!

        • makingconnections

          Some of these articles are hard to figure out, aren’t they? I’m beginning to think that musicians aren’t necessarily writers. It’s emotions that make people contribute to this site I believe.

          Anyway, you’re welcome and I hope we can raise the bar in the future. One thing is certain and that is that one at a time we are all going to move on from here and it would be nice if we could learn from these past mistakes. I’ve said before that I know my husband would never talk about the medication I take nor would I discuss his health with others. Why would he do it if I’d passed on?

      • Olga Stewart

        I think the best thing to do is ignore people both like Vicky and her mother.

        Any sort of attention is good attention for them.

        And they are not deserving of it.

        Instead, put the focus on the impact of the musicians’ songs and albums. As it should be.

        • makingconnections

          That’s the ideal Olga–I think it will take us awhile before everyone is so disciplined though.

          I guess we’ve always followed the personal lives of celebrities–I remember hearing about Frank Sinatra’s marriages and the drama of Elvis Presley’s personal life, the excitement when he had a baby, from seniors in my family. It was all so innocent but now with the internet, it’s not paparazzi with their cameras and gossip columnists…it’s the celebrities themselves offering the gossip themselves. They’ll learn to protect themselves once again I think.

          Maybe it’s just another cultural shift and we’ll move through it!

          • Olga Stewart

            Well I think I now got called a fascist.

            I don’t care about the name calling.

            What I do care about is that you can’t seem to express an opinion without someone jumping down your throat about it.

            Then they say we are the ones who whine when we read or see something that we don’t like?

          • makingconnections

            They’re just trolls moving through.

          • Olga Stewart

            Let’s hope that they move on through to somewhere else.

            I’m just tired of them.

          • makingconnections

            Hey Olga, I just had a funny conversation with one of my kids. I was asking about what was going on with the thinking of a certain group…the response: “Not my monkeys – not my zoo.” Now that’s just the best thing to remind ourselves sometimes!!

          • Olga Stewart

            :).

          • Kay B

            The cleft asshole below JM called me cunt and said he would bash my brains in with a hammer. And that my family could watch. They aren’t aware that I’m going to welcome them to my dark side..

          • Corndog

            I saw that comment in the deleted section on Disqus. I have advised them below that if they make another similar comment like that it’ll be their last one here.

            If you see any similar comments please let me know. That’s not on. Fucking ridiculous that someone would think that was an acceptable way to speak to someone. Cleft asshole sounds spot on.

          • Kay B

            Thank you. I am certainly no angel but to include someone whom you don’t know’s family into a rigid comment like that is ridiculous. Bajesus.

          • Corndog

            There is simply no excuse for speaking to someone like that. It’s just downright sick. I swear i don’t know what goes on in some folks heads these days. As you say, i’m no angel either and can (and will) give as good as i get if someone gives me shit online, but that’s way over the line. They really should be ashamed of themselves.

          • Olga Stewart

            Why does “Don’t me make me come after you with a scalpel.” immediately come to mind?

          • Kay B

            Right? Why threaten me when I have access to bone saws. I know what to do with the body so it would never leave a trace of DNA.

          • Olga Stewart

            You would be the last person that I would threaten.

            I can imagine the Forensic Files episode now.

          • Kay B

            An acquaintance at work called me a Commie the other day. I worked with him at another hospital and I know this is a shocker but he was fired for inappropriate behavior. And out of all the hospitals, he chooses the one I currently work at. I saw him and I was like you have to be kidding me. Well his manager introduced him to me of course not knowing I already knew him. The guy looks at me a points at me and says, “I know you, I have worked with you before. You’re a Commie…” I said “Whatever just don’t call me a Republican..”

          • Olga Stewart

            Inappropriate behaviour from him?

            Why I never! Ha ha!

          • Olga Stewart

            Hopefully we will be able to move through it.

        • makingconnections

          I just have to tell you that I was in a lineup for an event at the beach on Sunday and was talking with an older woman about fame for some reason. She told me that when she was a teen her grandfather took her backstage at an Elvis Presley concert (when Elvis was young!) and he kissed her! Well I’ll be! I was very impressed and she had a big smile on her face.

          • Olga Stewart

            Wowie but that woman had one heck of an experience. :).

          • makingconnections

            It may sound silly, but I actually think that in the era she grew up in, it would have really impacted her life. To me, Elvis seemed as though he had a pure heart as well as being an amazing performer.

          • Olga Stewart

            I think it would have been the same for someone at that time who had seen The Beatles in person.

          • makingconnections

            Yes!

    • Olga Stewart

      You’re not the only one who feels this way.

      Reading these articles usually results in majorly scratching your head.

  • JM

    This is a fucking nobody from a shit fucking band. Shit article too, fuck off Shit shinola Shinoda dick

    • Kay B

      Yet you clicked on it. I see you have a limited vocabulary. Try Fox News.

    • Corndog

      FYI, if you make another comment like the one that you deleted on this article, it will be the last one you ever make on this site. It was fucking disgusting, and you should be ashamed of yourself.