Saturday August 8, 2020

Elaine Byrne: Caroline Flack and the appetite for shame

The intrusion into the late TV presenter‘s life when she was alive has not resulted in any decrease in demand for stories about her death. The algorithms tell us so

23rd February, 2020
Caroline Flack at Highbury Magistrates’ Court in London in December, six weeks before she took her own life. Picture: Shutterstock

When you blame and criticise others, you are avoiding some truth about yourself. That dictum was particularly relevant in the aftermath of Caroline Flack’s tragic death.

Social media was awash with eulogies and praise for the Love Island host. The #carolineslaw hashtag trended on twitter. Almost a million people have signed an online petition seeking the introduction of a law that would make it a criminal offence for the British media to “knowingly...

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