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What’s Funny in the Morning, Might Not Be By Nightfall

by Twitchy on December 14, 2012

Interesting things can happen in a bloggy mind. I want to share something that happened with me yesterday. In the morning, I posted a pisstake piece about all the celebrity underwear-less shots happening all over Hollywood, prompted by the latest incident.

When I’m a bit low and shitty with the world, I try to pick myself up by having a satirical go at something. I’d had a completely awful day on Wednesday, couldn’t wait for it to be over and I was doggedly determined to lighten the mood on Thursday. I was pleased with what I posted, when I posted it. It got a few laughs and retweets. By nightfall, I didn’t find my bit very funny at all and here’s why: the last thing I want to do is allude to victim blame.

There is no humour in exploitation and to have been murky on this was not very “Destroy” of me at all. In surfing the net for research, I did come across series of images of the same few personalities, snapped ‘upskirt’ time and time again. While I stop short of drawing any conclusion from this, I do believe Anne Hathaway was exploited, genuinely shocked and devastated. She was also put on the spot by Matt Lauer on the Today Show while she was meant to be talking about her film. She had a few words to say about paparazzi culture that I am in 100% agreement with.

That quote of Anne’s and the exploitation/commodification viewpoint were elaborated upon here in this great post by @nomiept on her blog Under the Yardarm. The thing is, I agree with what Anne said and almost all of what Naomi said. It IS wrong that there are whole swamps of people making their living out of the invasion of privacy and public humiliation of others. I feel the same about what the Duchess of Cambridge experienced recently; and most definitely about what happened to Princess Diana.

While joking in my post (which I’ll leave up, because that’s how I’m rolling with it) that Anne either forgot her knickers or was naïve, I am really thinking this:

Hollywood is full of parasites. (I don’t condone this, I detest it.) Despite how deplorable and sleazy they are, they will always be there waiting to pounce. Just like there will always be demand for those shots, just like there will always be publications and sites willing to pay top dollar for them, just like there will always be viewers/readers willing to consume them. However morally bankrupt and lacking in respect the situation is, it’s not going to change. Regrettably unacceptable, but the situation nevertheless.

Due to the huge disconnect between what is just, the harsh realities of life as a public figure and the practical need to manage or damage control it, the only solution as I still see it- rightly or wrongly- is to simply not afford these lowlifes the opportunity. Don’t be in that vulnerable position. This is what I summed up with yesterday by ‘preaching prevention’ though in a vastly different way. At no point did I intend to infer any invitation, nor would I use any of those shots for my post. I don’t enjoy seeing them, I don’t buy them and would be very happy if they were never taken, sold or published. I’ve written of what I see as the decline of magazine culture before.

Some days I have little faith in human nature, and sometimes I have the urge to deal with that deep disappointment and frustration by taking the utter piss out of it. Sometimes, that’s not the best way to go, and by nightfall that’s what I was feeling most.

One thing never changes: the pain and beauty of staying informed, blogging, discussing and keeping an open mind, is that it makes you think. And that’s a really great thing.

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EssentiallyJess December 16, 2012 at 8:37 am

I think it takes incredible strength of character, to post a second time on why what you thought your posted was wrong, so good on you for doing that.
Unfortunately, like you, I don’t think there is going to be an end to this. For my part, I refuse to buy those trashy mags (though I do flick through them at the hairdressers) which doesn’t help much, but it’s me taking my stand.

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Twitchy December 16, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Thank you Jess, I appreciate that. The only time I see those sorts of things is either at the hairdresser too, or if I come across them online while reading something else (or when I researched this topic).

Grace December 14, 2012 at 9:47 pm

I just read your article and Naomi’s…as well as googled Anne’s interview with Matt whats-his-face. She definitely handled him extremely well and her answer was spot on.
It’s a photo that should’ve been deleted. And while there’s a high price to pay for being a celebrity, some things should just be kept sacred.
I’m sure she’s going to wear undies from now on, though.

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Becc December 14, 2012 at 8:44 pm

The one good thing to come out of that was the utter class Anne handled herself with that Matt person.
Becc enjoying #FYBF

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Twitchy December 14, 2012 at 8:50 pm

Agreed. She was amazing.

Kylez @ A Study in Contradictions December 14, 2012 at 7:37 pm

I’ve now read all three articles and I have to say that I do agree with all three and the sentiments expressed. I think its definitely true that the society we live in, with the paps and sexualisation and all the rest is wrong and it does sadden me that, as Anne said, a photographer felt the need to sell those photos rather than delete them.

At the same time however, Anne does know the world she lives in and personally, if it was me, and there was a dress that I couldn’t wear underwear in? Well, I would get another dress. Knowing the types of scum bags around I wouldn’t give anyone the chance to get that shot but that’s just me. I think its not just the paps but the bloody designers, why are they making dresses that require not wearing underwear to look good? And if the wearing of underwear is not conducive to looking good in the dress then why can’t they build in some kind of modesty panel or something?

I thought the same thing when Lara Bingle was papped topless. There is sometimes a chance that my neighbour might be around the back of our property so if the blinds are open, I’m fully clothed at all times, even just to run from the bedroom to the bathroom, I’m not gonna take the chance. So why someone with as high a profile as Lara Bingle would take that chance is beyond me. Heck, I won’t even be naked in a hotel room on the 20th floor with the curtains open in case someone can somehow see me so why do these famous people do it?

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Twitchy December 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

I’d feel drafty and insecure under those conditions, not to mention imagine perhaps falling over up the stairs for a speech or such. Just couldn’t fathom the thought!

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