There’s one thing which sickens me more than anything, and that’s the growing trend here in the UK for the pseudo-famous to capitalise on horrendous crimes for the sake of their own career.
It started with Madelaine’s disappearance. Now don’t get me wrong; I feel for her mother and father. Losing a child, especially in such an unsolved way is the worst nightmare of any parent. All the media coverage (while probably well intentioned from the start, I dunno) has done nothing whatsoever to bring her back. Me knowing her name has done nothing. You knowing her name has done nothing. It’s not my tragedy, but theirs. I don’t want to intrude. It’s not news by any measure; instead it’s been turned into a soap opera to fill airtime. That’s a gross disservice to the memory of a child.
Far worse than that though is the parade of pseudo-celebs who are so desperate to get in the media that they’re willing to use a childs’ disappearance for the sake of their own career. It has nothing to do with them, so why should they intrude? No murderer is going to watch TV and think “Oh, that footballer says I’ve got to turn myself in. Ok then.” or “Wow, someone from Coronation Street wants me to phone the police. Rightyo then.”
Nope. I can’t see it. Can you?
It’s happened again following the shooting of Rhys Jones, an 11-year old boy. That’s a horrendous crime; to lose a life at any age is a terrible thing, moreso when the life has barely had a time to start. Whether this one crime out of the thousands that are committed every day should merit such a saturation of media attention is open to debate though, especially while countless men, women, children and babies are being murdered in the name of US interests in Iraq and Afghanistan. Even the shooting of a child pales in comparison to the hundreds of thousands of deaths carried out in our name. Yet that now barely makes media time at all now. It’s been buried with all the bodies.
Instead we have this parade of almost famous, the soap operafication of a childs’ death and a media willing to fill airtime with anything.
And it should stop.