Bad Mouthing

I’m reading “Wicked Stitch” by Amanda Lee. One of the characters just said something “normal” about an unpleasant character. Something that would usually be said without any qualms, but in this case, the mean character is dead, so the first character chastises herself over the comment.

Why do we, as a society, have no problem talking bad about people before they’re dead, but can’t say the same things after they’ve died? Shouldn’t the two circumstances be treated equally since in neither case can the person defend them self? Either both are bad or both don’t matter.


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