The Word: Are people more upset over Mindy McCready’s dog than her children?

 McCready killed herself days after she was released from rehab. Credit: Getty Images
McCready killed herself days after she was released from rehab.
Credit: Getty Images

Twitter was ablaze over Mindy McCready’s tragic suicide on Sunday (the troubled 37-year-old country singer shot herself in the same spot her longtime boyfriend, the record producer David Wilson, killed himself a month earlier). But after reports came out that McCready killed the family dog before turning the gun on herself, sympathy turned to anger — people seemed to be much more upset that she shot her dog rather than being in such a dark place that she would leave behind her two young children, Zander, 6, and Zayne, 9-months-old. A sampling:

@ChasinCaroline Seriously? Mindy #McCready killed her dog before she killed herself? Now that’s cruel!

@wwtdd the fact that mindy mccready killed her dog first makes me glad shes dead

@ChristopherFTL Mindy McCready shot and killed her dog before turning the gun on herself. My sympathy meter just went to zero after reading this.

As a huge animal lover, I get the outrage. But as murder/suicides go, a dog is better than, God forbid, a child. Of course, Twitter is but a small sampling of what we’re all thinking, but isn’t it fascinating that the world decided to pick up on this aspect of the tragedy rather than the human one — that two little children are going to be messed up for life and will grow up with no mother?

Fergie, Josh Duhamel are expecting their first child
Fergie has some new lovely lady lumps — it was announced yesterday via Josh Duhamel]s Twitter that the couple are expecting. “Fergie and Me and BABY makes three,” he wrote. Fergie, 37, followed suit: “Josh and me and BABY makes three!!!” she tweeted and included the hashtag #mylovelybabybump.
Duhamel has been talking about fatherhood for a while. “It’ll happen,” he told USA TODAY while promoting his new film, “Safe Haven.” “It’s happening. But every three months she’s pregnant [in the press]. If she gets a little paunch everyone thinks she’s pregnant. It’s like, well, thanks, they’re basically calling you fat. But like my mom said, well, if she’s been pregnant as long as everyone says that she is, well then we’re going to have a baby elephant. We’re on our own schedule with that.”



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
Local

MTA announces service changes for Sunday

The MTA has announced service changes ahead of Sunday's People's Climate March, which will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Riders using…

Local

NYPD launches Twitter account for L train

The NYPD recently launched a Twitter handle dedicated to the L train and its riders. According to @NYPDLtrain, officers went underground Thursday morning to hand…

Local

Bushwick community space offers activists a place to…

A new Bushwick community space offers community activists to meet, create, learn and throw back a few cold ones. MayDay, located 214 Starr Street in Bushwick,…

Local

Activists gearing up for Sunday's "historic" People's Climate…

If all goes according to plan, more than 100,000 people will gather near Central Park West on Sunday morning and march through midtown to raise…

Movies

Review: Terry Gilliam's 'The Zero Theorem' is better…

Terry Gilliam's latest, "The Zero Theorem," concerns a reclusive malcontent (Christoph Waltz) struggling with the search for the meaning of life.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and a being called Emily get…

Esperanza Spalding is about to spiral off in a brand new direction that may or may include an alter ego named Emily.

Movies

Review: Bickering family dramedy 'This is Where I…

A talented cast sits Shiva in the bickering family dramedy "This is Where I Leave You," although it's more sap than yuks.

Movies

Review: Desert-walking movie 'Tracks' would be better as…

Mia Wasikowska walks 1700 miles across Australia's deserts in "Tracks," in a story that defies triumph-of-the-spirit cliches but gets some of them anyway.

NFL

J.J. Watt poses unique challenges to struggling Giants…

Watt, arguably the best defensive player in the league, is the leader of a surprising Texans (2-0) team that has already matched last season’s win total.

NFL

Eric Decker 'unlikely to play' against Bears: Source

Jets wide receiver Eric Decker's status for Monday night’s game against the Bears is in doubt after he missed practice again Wednesday.

NFL

Preston Parker, not Odell Beckham, will replace Jerrel…

Tom Coughlin noted the next man up will be unheralded veteran Preston Parker.

NFL

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

NFL Week 3 full schedule (kickoff time, TV)

Parenting

A sneaky way to serve kids fruits and…

"My First Juices and Smoothies" gives smoothie recipes for kids.

Style

3 things we love from Day 1 of…

The highlights from Day 1 of Milan Fashion Week.

Sex

Why don't more couples use condoms?

  Call it the “condom moment.” That’s the name the authors of a new study have given to the pivotal conversation every couple should be…

Sex

Need an idea for a first date? Here's…

Picture your idea of a nice first date. Is it dinner and a movie? A visit to an interesting museum exhibit? Instead, an expert on…