Ok bubblers! As promised here is the first version of RED RAG. Red Rag is a weekly post which asks an ethical question and invites opinions. It is borne of the reaction to last weeks post ‘ethics and photojournalism’ which inspired some feverish, and very interesting debate.
As author of red rag, I will post statements/questions which I may or may not agree with – doesn’t matter…the point is to fire up the ‘other’ side of the brain – the one we only use when we’re trying to read our tax return – and even then not vey successfully. The one we fried at art school. The one our parents dream of us one day reaquainting ourselves with. The one which let’s face it, most of us probably don’t have.
Please help make this a success, then maybe the Gods of RB will give me a logo, a template, a hearty cyber hand shake, or at the very least, not kick me off.
Ok, so to this weeks topic. Here goes:
WHAT RIGHT DO WE HAVE TO PUBLICALLY MOCK CELEBRATIES? SHOULD WE BE ALLOWED TO MOCK THEM FOR OUR OWN FINANCIAL GAIN (ANTI-PARIS HILTON T-SHIRTS ETC) AT WHAT POINT DOES A CELEBRITY BECOME PUBLIC FREE FODDER? AND WHY IS IT WRONG TO PUBLICALLY DEFAME THE PERSON DOWN THE STREET BUT NOT THESE PEOPLE WE DON’T EVEN KNOW?
I’ll start off by saying Paris Hilton is unfairly mocked. She is who she is and deserves our respect. We have no right to defame her just because she exists or chooses to behave as she likes. Everyone else in the world lives their lives by their own rules including ourselves-yet it’s considered defamatory and uncool to mock others who aren’t in the public eye. What’s the difference?
Ok, so get bubbling…