Sunday, August 20, 2006
Red Herring of the Week: Jon Benet
This week's red herring comes to us from Thailand, where a suspect was arrested in connection with the murder of baby beauty pageant queen, Jon Benet Ramsey, nearly ten years ago.
John Mark Karr says he was with her when she died, and that it was an accident. Investigators say he knows details not previously released to the public. His ex-wife says he was at home that Christmas, and couldn't have done it.
Salacious speculation and inconsistencies aside, this arrest has served to "back page" a lot of very important news items this week, since there is no more salient an issue than the arrest of a suspect in a 10 year old murder case.
But since people want to talk about it, and think it is such an important issue, I think I will put in my own opinion about this matter. First I think this arrest is probably BOGUS. This is a really sick guy, he does have a "Silence of the Lambs" quality about him, and it is probably a good thing that this man is not walking around free today. But I don't think he was anywhere near Boulder, except maybe after the fact in his deep, dark fantasies.
Second, while tragic, this murder was a LOCAL story, and I really resent national news camping on the doorsteps of the families of attractive murder victims. Ugly people die every day, in horrible, gruesome ways, but FOX and CNN don't hold nationally televised vigils for them. It is local news, Shepard Smith, go do your job and find out what the Bush administration is up to.
Third, isn't it time we realized that when you make children SEXUAL OBJECTS you endanger all children? Last night I saw a commercial for Entertainment Tonight promising, "New PROVOCATIVE photos of Jon Benet!" This poor little girl in her six years of life wore more make up than I have in all my 38 years combined. She was dunked in glitter, forced to wear dresses that made her look like a miniature Dolly Parton, and paraded around with other big haired little girls. She was made by her parents into a sex object, as are too many little girls.
I am the mother of little girls, and it infuriates me that our culture and media perpetuate images of children in a sexualized and stylized manner, and then feigns shock and outrage when evil men with dark hearts and minds perpetrate horrific acts on children. What makes these men tick??? Perhaps it is seeing images of small children made to look like adults, and knowing they don't have the strength to defend themselves.
Let's give kids back their innocence.