I have never made a comment to Westword before but in the days after reading the "Snake Charming" piece I have become disturbed by nature of the piece. Today I ventured on to Westword.com to see the nature of the public comments, and found them totally benign.
So okay - I'll play.
I guess my question is: Is this a story? The girl who is exposed and crucified in the piece is not a public figure. She's just some girl. She hasn't taken money from anyone, isn't a serial killer. She MIGHT be kind of screwed up, but I have no idea. I'm not sure why I should care and to be honest I felt kind of dirty after reading it - it was one-sided, and it was none of my business.
Is the next step that Westword is just going to write expose pieces about people who are screwed up/vulnerable/poor/mentally ill and expose their dirty little secrets to the reading public? If so, I have list of ex-boyfriends I could happily provide.
Except that I WOULDN'T provide it, because that would be WEIRD.
Who allowed this "story" to be run? I'm not sure if I'm more dissapointed at the lack of journalistic integrity on Melanie Asmar's (and Patricia Calhouns's) part, or the lack of outrage in the responses. Both are sad.
I'll keep my name anonymous for now - wouldn't want Westword coming after me!