Depravity to celebrity

The news is filled with stories about the Amanda Knox case this week and perhaps rightly so. Whether the decision shocked, appalled or appeased you the weeks and months to come will no doubt throw up some interesting angles within the media.
Already comments are being made about memoires, secret diaries and the ‘celebrity’ status that Knox will receive on her return to America with million dollar deals on the horizon, but can this ever be considered appropriate?

Although I appreciate that Knox has spent four years in prison for a crime that it is now suggested she did not commit, does this give her a one way ticket to fame and fortune?

Thankfully I think British people are far more reserved in their judgement of these situations and I don’t believe our culture would allow for those convicted and then cleared of murder to become famous as a result. If anything it seems that Brits with less than salubrious backgrounds are given a new identity and the chance to create a new life, ideally out of the lime light.

There are a number of comments in the media deriving to phone calls that Knox is supposed to have made suggesting that she will lead a millionaire lifestyle from now on, some may suggest that this has turned into a lottery ticket for her and that as a result of the media storm around the enquiry, conviction and then appeal she will never have to work again – but it is likely that the reality of any ‘cushy’ lifestyle may be quite different.

At present people are jumping on the bandwagon and making assumptions about the level of celebrity Knox will receive but these are by all accounts the good times. What about those who do not believe her story or those who feel an injustice has been done? It is unlikely that the media and in particular chat show hosts in America are going to be entirely sympathetic – let’s be honest, it simply wouldn’t make a strong story not to have some controversy in there somewhere.

In my opinion it’s a matter of time before people start to ask the more serious questions – ‘if you didn’t do it then who did?’, at the end of the day there is still a murder case to solve and perhaps the media would be better positioned to support that story rather than chasing the rather sick exposure to fame that Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend are likely to receive as a result of this very sad and sombre situation.

The lives of Meredith Kercher’s family have undoubtedly been destroyed with further anguish to come – let’s just hope that those who deserve it are brought to justice and that the public remember the serious side to this story.