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.

6 comments:

  1. "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."

    Explain to me what would the Bush Administration have to gain from this arrest, fuck it was committed on Clinton's Watch.

    Another question did your Mother have any children that lived? are were they all borned brain dead like yourself?

    I think you should be attacking the ACLU these are the very people who fight for these creeps to live in yours an my neighbor-hoods. As for as Foxnews go Bill O'Reily is always on the justice sytems when it comes to these creeps but your Liberal thinking friends and yourself constantly attack the man...why is that?...there for a minute I thought we might agree on something, as everyone can see you are using the death of Jon Benet to continue your political attack on the Bush administration even though you know they had nothing to do with this killing, I truely feel sorry for you, it must be a miserable life when you live with so much hatered day in and day out that you would stoop to this level of accusing the Bush administration of gaining some political ground because of this arrest.

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  2. Mike from NE2:26 PM

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  3. Cara, you are right again. I can't stand the coverage. I didn't like it in the 90s and I don't now. It is fundamentally unfair to all the other children who are murdered. I'd love to talk to the media marketing people that think this story is a ratings winner.

    And you're right that she was horribly dolled up. It's just disgusting.

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  4. I think you read my mind. I think it's disgusting how people manipulate their children like that. It doesn't make it right that something like that happened to her, but it makes them even more of a target for sickos.

    I agree wholeheartedly that it makes a difference what you look like whether you make the news. White, middle-class female? News at 11. Otherwise, the last page of the newspaper if you're lucky.

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  5. Not only does it make that specific child victims but anytime you protray children as sex objects it endangers the safety of all children. I resent that as a parent.

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  6. Anonymous3:17 PM

    I agree that the arrest is possibly bogus, designed to clean up the name and memory of Patsy Ramsey. As a nutcase gramma who stopped buying Northern tissue during the time they were using little girls dressed up like bowery strumpets I vehemently object to these contests in which mothers are allowed to dress their little girls like Dolly Parton. They are tit circuses just like the adult beauty contests. I suspect that Patsy is responsible for what happened to her daughter and, while I am glad this guy is off the streets I don't believe he killed JonBenet. I hope they put him away for a long time.

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