Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Media Hypocrisy - Charlotte Vs. Grant

I'm disappointed in the media hypocrisy this week.

On one hand, the overwhelming media message after the death of Charlotte Dawson is all about being nicer, kinder, more accountable and more supportive of those who are vulnerable. Yet two days later, here are photos and an invasive story with 'judgey' undertones about Grant Hackett (equally as mentally vulnerable as Charlotte I would argue) in a complete flap after his child goes missing from his hotel room.

Yep - his unfortunate choice of outfit might win him first prize at a questionable toga party, but wouldn't it be weirder if he'd taken the time to dress appropriately before searching for his missing child at 3am? Did onlookers expect a suit and tie under such circumstances? Good on him for considering his child first before worrying about the ass clowns who take these photos for sport in the first place.

And if you've never had one of those moments where you've lost sight of your child, I applaud you and bow down before you; your time will probably come. It happens to the best of us so there's no judgement here.

Dear Media - you are part of the problem, not the solution.


  1. I totally agree!!! I am pretty sure we are all entitled to being human and having our own feelings. Especially when losing a child (which happens, people)
    I hadn't really thought about the media hypocrisy between the two public figures. But you are so right. The media circus is a joke.

  2. Oh yes! I could not agree more! The media carry on about bullying and yet they are the WORST!

  3. The solution is simple, just stop visiting the websites and viewing the tv channels of the media that stimulate this mindset - you don't need to know about every murder or celebrity to understand the world. Don't read NW, Who, The Australian etc, spend some time to go out and look for worthy sources of information whether that be from the likes of Quartz, The Guardian, The Economist, Monocle, Bloomberg Weekly, Time, or any blog that cares about what they write that isn't compromised by nefarious political or commercial interests.

  4. 100% agree. I think it's admirable, not "embarrassing", that he didn't stop to change when he noticed his child was missing. Who would?!?! x