Killer Inside: The Thoughts of Aaron Hernandez, Netflix’s new documentary collection highlighting the previous NFL star and convicted assassin, Aaron Hernandez, has introduced the dialog of non-public accountability to the forefront of society. The issue is Hernandez is portrayed in a manner that largely avoids the truth that he’s culpable for his personal actions.
The first thesis of the collection is to point out the life that led to such a tragic story. How did Hernandez fall from grace? And what precipitated a person who had the world at his disposal, and was so jovial rising up, to show into such a horrendous human being?
As is the case for any form of homicide documentary (similar to The Individuals vs. OJ Simpson) one of many major targets of the collection is to attempt to get contained in the accused’s head and be taught his motives. To reply the massive query… WHY?
The problem with this docuseries, nonetheless, is that Netflix framed that “why” in a fashion that appears to attempt to clarify away why Hernandez would commit homicide. They highlighted the folks closest to him rising up. The individuals who would have by no means been in a position to think about that he was able to such heinous acts. After which they searched for each excuse and purpose doable to not put the blame straight on Hernandez’s shoulders.
They used the truth that he was supposedly a closeted homosexual man (at the least bisexual) in a homophobic surroundings, in addition to CTE, and the truth that marijuana had not been legalized but (that means he was FORCED to run with shady characters because of his chain-smoking habit) as explanations for why he murdered Odin Lloyd (the boyfriend of his girlfriend’s sister) and allegedly murdered a number of others.
Now, don’t be dissuaded from watching the collection. There have been a number of factors the place they lower to folks putting the only blame on Hernandez (similar to former coach Herm Edwards, who defended the Patriots on ESPN all through the indictments and trials.) However that didn’t really feel just like the overarching tone.
Pushing a story of non-public accountability felt extra just like the exception relatively than the rule, which additionally speaks to the mentality of lots of people at the moment. Private accountability has develop into much less of the rule and extra of the exception. It’s at all times simpler to seek out excuses for why it’s another person’s fault (similar to your upbringing, the circumstances surrounding you, and even the federal government) relatively than admit that people are responsible for their very own horrible decisions.
Is CTE and head trauma an actual problem that may trigger violent tendencies? The science says sure. Does rising up in a tough house usually result in issues later in life? After all. However was Hernandez the one individual to ever undergo all of that? No. And did different folks with comparable backgrounds select to go down his identical path? Clearly not.
So, as a lot as some folks, and Netflix, need to blame a former NFL athlete’s murderous spree on the remainder of society, there is just one rightful place that it belongs: Upon the shoulders of the person who selected to tug the set off, Aaron Hernandez.