I’ve been struggling with this all day. Should I say anything about the appalling photos posted on Twitter or should I not? Is it any of my business? Since the whole world has by now seen this story, it seems to me that it hardly makes any difference if I mention it on this little website, so here we go.
In case you haven’t heard this story, it concerns a young girl at the Eminem concert in Slane, photographed giving blow-jobs to a couple of gobshites.
Appalling, you might say, and as a parent, I agree. I’m appalled. Who in their right mind would want to see pictures of their under-age daughter smeared all over Twitter going down on a couple of prancing, sneering knackers? Jesus Christ, you’d want to catch the miserable fuckers and pull their entrails out through their noses.
Obviously the girl wasn’t in her sane senses and yet the chatter of the day had nothing to do with the sneering pricks who allowed the kid to demean herself, for whatever reason. I don’t know if the girl was out of her head, or if she was simply stupid, but personally I had the urge to punch the face off this wanker and all the other fools around him.
What was most horrifying to me was not the behaviour of the young girl even though, as a father, I’m shocked, though not in a traditional down-with-that-sort-of-thing way. No. What really shocked me was the campaign of vilification against a young girl by people on Twitter, especially given that the cheerleaders of the hate campaign were women.
Here’s the breakdown, as I see it.
Was the girl stupid? Certainly.
Should the parents take control? Undoubtedly.
Are the guys a bunch of absolute fuck-heads? Without question. Look at the picture if you’re in any doubt.
Has a crime been committed? Yes, if the girl is under 17.
Did the uploader of the uncensored picture commit a crime? Yes, if the girl is under-age.
Does anyone have the right to condemn this girl? Certainly not.
Who has clean hands?
Despite throwing off the strictures of the Catholic church, it seems that Ireland has retained the age-old tradition of slut-shaming, and even worse, it seems that women, despite having shaken off the shackles of religious oppression, are the very first to point the finger at other women.
Maybe nothing changes.