Monday, 18 July 2011
A right pen and Ink
Whilst we await the next Hackgate resignation - people, this scandal is better than an episode of The Wire - thoughts turn to appropriate media behaviour. It's not just the phone-hacking and the entrapment, but the daily stream of toxic celebrity tittle-tattle too. As political columnist Henry Porter commented in yesterday's Observer, 'Murdoch played to our worst instincts and he is responsible for a fair amount of the heartlessness, coarseness and spite we see every day in the tabloid press.' And he's not wrong. The fuss made over TV presenter Fern Britton's tattoo, last week, is a case in point. Lambasted by the Mail and the Telegraph for daring to have an inky design on her abdomen at the ripe old age of 53, Britton remarked:
'I believe in growing old in any way that makes me happy. I get treated as if I've done something terrible. But I never have. I've never murdered anyone. Perhaps I should have had "I'm a twat" tattoed on my forehead. Would they have preferred that?'
Phone-hacking. Fern Britton. Personal privacy. What do you think?
Photo: Woman & Home
Fern Britton quote: The Guardian