These are crazy times, indeed.
On Thursday, a Twitter account posted a video that is in no way for the faint of heart. The short clip is of a woman, a maid, hanging from a window on the seventh floor of a building. The viewer watches with horror as she falls to the ground below after pleading for help from the woman filming.
You read that right. Instead of helping the maid, the woman stood there and filmed the whole thing.
Amazingly, the maid lived. A witness on the ground — as in the ground the maid plummeted to — filmed what followed. This second clip shows firefighters attempting to help the clearly dazed woman down a ladder.
فيديو/ عندما تغيب الإنسانية بسبب هوس التصوير ! pic.twitter.com/vRYyH9LlK0
— المجلس 🇰🇼 (@Almajlliss) March 30, 2017
As far as commentary on the digital age goes, this one pretty much speaks for itself.
[Update: The Guardian is now reporting that the woman who filmed the maid’s fall has been detained by Kuwaiti police. The fall may have been a suicide attempt. According to The Guardian:
“The Kuwait Society for Human Rights on Friday called on the authorities to investigate the case and refer it to court.
“The oil-rich Gulf state is home to more than 600,000 domestic helpers, a majority of them Asians, many of whom complain of abuse, mistreatment and non-payment of wages.
“Hundreds of maids escape their employers every year over abuse, and the government has set up shelters for them. Some seek help from their embassies.”]