Well. It’s sure been an interesting few weeks in terms of psychopaths, hasn’t it?
We’ve had Mr Raoul Moat gunning down his young ex-girlfriend and killing her boyfriend in jealous rage, whilst also managing to squeeze in the shooting of an off-duty copper into his busy schedule. Then we had the added bonus of hearing the disturbing, hate-filled outpourings, (and admissions of violence), from the famous Mr Mel Gibson.
Yes, the Mel Gibson my mother absolutely adores, or more likely, used to adore.
Now both of these cases are extremely unpleasant, but from what I could see from the media reaction neither were that shocking or surprising. Indeed, the Moat case seemed to focus upon his ability to evade the police, with most quarters more interested in possible police failures than what had caused the situation in the first place. Eventually Moat shot himself; thus ending a lengthy siege with complaints about the way it was handled. Sure. Like there’s ever a perfect outcome when dealing with a jealous, homicidal halfwit? In fact, some idiot even launched a special tribute page for Raoul Moat, the ‘RIP Raoul Moat You Legend’ page.
Then there was the Mel meltdown; vile, vitriolic rants down the phone aimed at, and secretly taped by his ex-girlfriend, Oksana Grigorieva. I’ve read the transcripts, (I couldn’t bear to hear the poor old duffer huff and puff through the actual recordings) and he definitely admits to hitting her whilst she was holding their baby daughter. This is really something that should be universally condemned. Heck, Oksana could have spent Mel’s treasured antique coin collection in the fruit machines down the laundrette and he still wouldn’t have been justified in hitting her. The thing is, the press seemed more interested in a certain racist word used by Mel to describe the pack of rapists that the mother of his child would have certainly provoked if she’d gone out looking like a ‘pig on heat’.
Is this not a bit weird? It gets my goat, for some reason. The fact that the media has chosen not to focus on the fact that these stories revolve around violence against women somehow suggests a trend towards tolerance of this kind of thing. Have we really become that casual about it?
Now, I know there will be plenty of people out there who sympathise with these men. Yeah, I saw Raoul Moat sitting by himself on the bank, the gravity of his situation slowly sinking into his addled brain; I can understand that some folk will think he was ‘driven’ to it by his disloyal ex. Then we have poor Mel, who in his ravings admits to having no real friends and believing that his career is over. Oh bless.
I, however, choose to save my sympathy for those who can acknowledge that they need help, rather than give it to those who would punch, shoot or wish to hit someone with ‘a bat to the side of the head’. From the evidence we can see that Mel is certainly troubled. People who have been systematically cheated out of their life savings and had their kidneys stolen react more rationally. However, the likelihood of him seeing the light anytime soon is extremely unlikely.
It’s just thought but maybe, reformed abuser, David Soul should give Mel a visit before he does something truly terrible.