By now, most of you have seen the harrowing Tuesday New York Post cover that shows a man hanging off the subway platform seconds before losing his life. Ki Suk Han, 58, was pushed into the track* in the Times Square subway by “a deranged man” on Monday. As he frantically tried to climb back up, he was fatally struck by the downtown Q train.
R. Umar Abbasi is the freelance photographer who captured Han seconds before his death. He is drawing ire for taking the photograph instead of trying to pull Han out of the track. If Abbasi let that man die for a photo opp, his actions underscore an inhumane spectator culture that values capturing information over actually saving lives.
Abbasi claims he was trying to warn the operator by flashing his camera, an explanation many people aren’t buying. Perhaps he’s telling the truth. We may never know for sure that Abbasi passed on an opportunity to save this man’s life for the sake of a photograph, but we do know that the New York Post should have never run this story.
It is an ethic and moral affront to humanity to publish a picture of a man seconds before his death alongside the sensational headline: “DOOMED. Pushed on the subway track, this man is about to die.”
What about the late man’s family who is forced to see an image of their loved one taking his last breath plastered on the cover of a newspaper? It’s disgusting that the New York Post could be so insensitive and heartless.
Did The New York Post go too far with this cover? What are your thoughts, Clutchettes?
*If you are ever pushed into the track on the subway, here’s advice on how to stay alive.