Ladette

We’ve seen it all before: the brainless little savage who lives by the law of the jungle, the street-talk (woh-ever), the swaggering bullying attitude, the animal territorialism, the violence… and an innocent person ends up dead. But this time the savage was a girl.

That’s how the innocent Julie Sheriff was murdered by the savage Rebecca Douglas. In a parallel to the murder of Damilola Taylor case, Julie’s family had come to England, full of hope and enthusiasm only to see their loved one viciously murdered by our home-grown the scum of the earth.

The trouble is that the people who commit these crimes get off with very light sentences. In this case, for example, although she has been sentenced to detention at “her majesty’s pleasure”, the recommended tariff for the little savage is only ten years!

No wonder one case is followed by another… and another…

and another.

 

Naomi Campbell has taken offence at an advertisement for a chocolate bar (called Bliss) featuring the words “”Move over Naomi – there is a new diva in town.” She has apparently decided the following:

  1. She really is the only Diva in (any) town, therefore the reference is to her and not any other Naomi
  2. That she is therefore being compared to a chocolate bar, and therefore
  3. That the ad is racist.

Now Ms Campbell had a similar problem in 2002 when she objected to being described as a “chocolate soldier” (i.e. some one who collapses under pressure).  This may in fact have been an inaccurate characterization of Ms Campbell.  A number of  cases have shown that she is more likely to lash out under pressure than collapse.  However, the inaccurate nature of the characterization, hardly made it racist.

Now, there are signs that Cadbury has sailed close to the wind on the use of racial stereotypes, if one looks at their past record of advertisements. Although in fairness to them, their usage has been humorous, to the point of parody.  But in any case, it is hard to feel any sympathy for Ms Campbell.  For she acts like a Prima Donna.  But she doesn’t have a monopoly on such behaviour and her actions hardly make her a role model – any more than Cheryl Cole’s violent episode in a nightclub made her a role model.  (She was Cheryl Tweedy in those days – and her antics were heralded by the brilliant tabloid headline “Girl’s a Lout.”)

It’s a thin line between “Diva and “Ladette” Naomi – even if one is from St Reatham.