Tuesday 17 October 2017

Media delights in the downfall of a Goddess

Everyone goes off the rails sometimes, especially journalists, so disapproval in the press over Nigella's cocaine use is utter hypocrisy, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

Eilis O'Hanlon

It's been called "the case with no winners", but that's not true. Two sisters were on trial charged with a £685,000 (€818,000) credit card fraud. Last week, they were found not guilty. That's a victory in anyone's language. Charles Saatchi, painted as a villain since he publicly grabbed his wife's throat in the summer, also got a chance of revenge by portraying Nigella Lawson as a habitual cocaine user, so out of her head it's a wonder she had a successful career on TV and in print at all. For some men, that would be victory too.

It's more accurate to call this "a case with one loser" -- Nigella herself. Does she take cocaine? Who really knows? She says she took it occasionally in the past; the sisters say they found regular evidence of drug use. But even if Nigella were lying, I wouldn't blame her for that either. Some questions are so impertinent they invite a lie in response. The world would be a much better place if everyone just minded their own business.

People self-medicate all the time, with alcohol, cigarettes, prescription drugs. It's highly unlikely all the misbehaviour reported at the Calvin Harris gig last week, for example, was unconnected to overindulgence in legal or illicit substances.

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