Last weekend, Criminal Minds star Shemar Moore was knocked off of his bike by a vehicle and his leg was broken. The story was picked up by a lot of media outlets and la.streetsblog.com’s Damien Newton has taken an interesting look at the way in which this incident was covered and the “media’s disrespect for bicyclists.”
Newton notes that the language used in a many of the articles (and numerous reposts) is disparaging to cyclists, implying Moore was at fault (“he broke his leg”) and that biking injuries aren’t meant to be taken seriously.
E! Entertainment thought it was funny to suggest that Moore took literally the stage phrase “break a leg” while “tooling around on his bicycle.” The AP’s exponentially reposted article also took the “break a leg” angle. If he had been in a vehicle you can’t help but think his injuries might have been covered more sympathetically and not just as a “mishap.”
We love to see folks on their bikes (and get on our bikes too!) and this unfortunate incident, and Newton’s analysis, shines an interesting light on gossip and mainstream media coverage of cycling culture and safety issues.
Best wishes to Moore for a quick recovery.