By now you may have heard about the guilty verdict given in the horrifying Steubenville rape trial. You may also have heard the disgust at the manner in which it’s been reported.
Here’s the CNN clip on the verdict:
You know, you think we’ve evolved past this – both the callousness of the crime, and a “blaming the victim” mentality. And you think journalism isn’t as bad as it seems. But when the anchor, Candy, and the reporter, Poppy, can only muster their “concerned” voices to talk about how sad this is for the rapists to see their futures impacted? It’s tough not to feel horror at ourselves.
Can you even imagine a report with this much concern and sympathy for the victim? Not just laying out all the gruesome details for our voyeuristic entertainment, I mean actually showing sadness – even faux “reporter sadness” – for the victim? It’s almost un-picturable, isn’t it.
And, if I may say as a man? This “boys will be boys” crap is also insulting to us as a gender; the implication that men are so base and stupid that they can’t help but rape, so it must be the victim’s fault.
And CNN’s getting the brunt, but it’s hardly isolated.
Let’s be better than this, okay humanity? In every respect. Let’s just be better than this.
** Addendum: As much as I’d like to stay focused on me, me, me, Henry Rollins has written a very eloquent, thoughtful piece on the verdict. Please read it here.**