Trying to sell tears in a bottle. Talking about a sick culture.
Crocodile tears, or superficial sympathy, is a false, insincere display of emotion such as a hypocrite crying fake tears of grief. The phrase derives from an ancient belief that crocodiles shed tears while consuming their prey, and as such is present in many modern languages, especially in Europe where it was introduced through Latin. While crocodiles do have tear ducts, they weep to lubricate their eyes, typically when they have been out of water for a long time and their eyes begin to dry out. However, evidence suggests this could also be triggered by feeding.
The expression comes from an ancient anecdote that crocodiles weep for the victims they are eating. A collection of proverbs attributed to Plutarch suggests that the phrase "crocodile tears" was well known in antiquity: comparing the crocodile's behaviour to people who desire or cause the death of someone, but then publicly lament for them.
“I held truth against your crocodile tears.”
― Laura Gentile, Daughterbody II: a self-reclamation through poetry
In a way, this is similar to the actions of the woke CEO who imposes diversity requirements on the working population but not on himself. If CEOs were required to be proportionate in race and ethnicity across the country—and likewise for university presidents—we’d quickly see an end to DIE programs.