Kids in the paper.
I was shocked to discover the deep reserves of hatred I still have for that tabloid toiletpaper, The Sunday World, Ireland's answer to every other jumped up hand wringing gutter sniping filth rag.
On the cover was a slighty blurry photo of some young girl out celebrating her results on Wednesday night. She was drunk as a lord, half dressed, snogging the face off her boyfriend. Her dress was hitched up half way around her hips and the boyfriend has his whole hand down her kickers and was very busily trying to see is he could reach her kidneys.
As a photo it was kind of gross, it was kind of disgusting, it kind of proves my point about worrying behaviour from the other day, but most of all it was a very graphic photo and it SHOULDN"T BE SPLASHED ALL ACROSS THE COVER OF A NEWSPAPER!
The girl had a tiny black bar across her eyes to 'protect her identity'and the paper had oh so kindly hidden the bulk of the guy's hand action with one of those 'ohhh don't look, this is a family paper' stickers over the girl's crotch(which somehow makes it worse). But no matter, that girl will be very identifiable to her classmates and friends, people who know her, her parents, (if I was that girl and it was my mother I would be typing this from Russia) and her school.
It's possible nothing will come out of it. It is equally possible she might be in serious trouble at home, expelled from school and mocked and ridiculed by her classmates for doing probably what half the blooomin' teenager in this country were doing that night.
I don't approve of all this crazy drunkeness and falling around the streets, especially in 14/15 year old kids. But neither do I approve of newspapers gleefully swooping like vultures and picking over the remains of poor decision making.
Fifteen year olds are not adults, they are not fair game, they make mistakes and learn-if they're lucky-from them. Complain about their behaviour or not, but it is not fair to single one out, photograph her in a compromising positions and then splash it across the front page for all the world to see.
But then I don't expect anything better from papers like The Sunday World, from the gutter everything must seem like fair game.