In golden days gone by, two elderly ladies would whisper and cackle over a wooden fence, discussing the gossip of Mr So-And-So who was seen on the corner last night getting rather close to Mrs What’s-Her-Name; innocent natterings that would come to no more harm than the amusement of the two nosey neighbours.
Now, with the power of global media, the whole world can know what’s going on in every corner of the world with agonising detail. But that’s not enough for some people, they push it too far. Personal lives of celebrities, or the Royal family, should be exactly what they say – personal.
Without the boundaries of privacy, it can be a confidence and life shattering experience for those exposed. They’re people with emotions and feelings just like you and I. How would you feel if your knockers and wobbly bits were plastered across papers for the world to see, just because you’d decided to do some sunbathing in private? You’d feel betrayed and let down by the whole of humanity that has turned against you simply because of their sad, unfulfilled lives.
It is not just in these circumstances that the voyeuristic quality of human nature shines disgustingly through. The television program Embarrassing Bodies started with the incentive to educate people and to encourage them to not be embarrassed to seek medical help. What is it now? A show where people can get their fill of peeping on the weird, and sometimes grotesque physical problems of others that in real life they have always been forced to avert their eyes from in a bid to be socially polite.
There has always been the desire to stare at people with disabilities, to examine them and to understand them perhaps. Documentaries often take the stance that education can stop prejudice, and to look into the personal lives of people living with deformities is the way forward. But that is where the line stops; there is nothing we can be taught from looking at Kate’s cleavage I’m afraid.
The media may as well take to climbing trees and sitting outside women’s bedrooms with a pair of binoculars and a camera, and then call what they find ‘News’. It’s pathetic that people lives are now so empty that they have to fill in the gaps by peeping on others. So come on Wills, sue those scumbags for all their worth. Which is not a lot.