‘What’s it all about, Alfie?’

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2 Responses

  1. bmckernan says:

    Very insightful post.

    I couldn’t agree more, there is something very distressing about the way these “public interest” stories have fixated on Alfie’s “child-like” appearance while almost entirely ignoring the manner in which they themselves are in fact treating the child.

    Even the pictures accompanying the articles attempt to highlight the “childness” of Alfie. A recent article in The Sun depicts these new parents playing Playstation 3 while caring for their newborn child. I think the picture alone illustrates your post quite well.


  2. paulabowles says:

    I would agree that this story is very upsetting. Unfortunately, it does seem as if the media bandwagon will continue for the foreseeable future. The recent allegations that baby Maisie’s paternity is in doubt, seem to have increased the moralistic and contemptuous tone of reports.

    If it indeed turns out that Alfie is not the biological father, where does this leave him? It would seem whatever the outcome, the media attention (or indeed the withdrawal of such “celebrity” status) is not beneficial for any of the children involved.

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