A couple of things have made me say wtf today and, what with me being me, I thought I'd share them with you, my five readers.
First on the WTF radar is the incestuous father and daughter, John and Jenny Deaves. They appeared on Sixty Minutes last night (for non Australians, this programme is tabloid journalism at its best. I don't usually watch it but Who Do You Think You Are? finished last week. That's my story and I'm sticking to it) to 'share' their story. Interestingly, further details have some to light in todays press. But back to the story. John and Jenny are father and daughter and were separated for 31 years. John Deaves left when Jenny was a year old. Reunited after 30 years, they had consensual sex two weeks after meeting up. Jenny has two children from a previous relationship, and now has a nine month old daughter with her father. Yes. A baby. Neither of them think they've done anything wrong and say they are in a loving, normal relationship.
Sweet baby cheeses. I can't get my head around the fact that this woman met up with her dad after 30 years of being apart and got into bed with him within a fortnight. I can't believe that this man thought it was okay to have sex with his adult daughter and I'm totally fucking appalled that they have a nine month baby. They are on probation and are under court instruction not to have sex with each other, which I'm quite sure they are following. Not.
As I indicated earlier, new reports have come to light less than 24 hours after the show was broadcast. Mr Deaves's ex wife (who has presumably just stopped vomiting, scratching herself and burning all of her sheets) says that Jenny stayed with her father for a week when she was a teenager and stayed a further 4 times after that. It's also been reported that father and daughter had a child last year but sadly it died days after birth from a congenital heart defect. The Deaves's want respect and understanding. Sure. And I want a million dollars and a pair of diamond earrings.
What. The. Fuck?
The subject was discussed in a 'spirited' fashion in the tearoom today. SSS was of course in the 'freaks and weirdos' camp. Interestingly enough two of the anaesthetists seemed to think it was okay. This didn't sit well with the majority of the room. I made it clear that I didn't fancy my dad as he was a) my dad b) my dad and c) my dad but I could see why my mother had fancied him. My friend reported that she didn't fancy her dad as he has a beard. One of the points being made by the 'freaks and weirdos' camp was that as humans we have free will, and just because we want to do something doesn't mean we have to do it, ie. we have the power to resist our urges. The unit born again Christian was most vocal in her horror but unfortunately one of the gasmen (an arsehole if I ever met one) was enjoying baiting her (because he is an arsehole) and (because he is an arsehole) then compared incest with homosexuality and said that perhaps gays should resist their urges. See, I told you he is an arsehole. He is doubly an arsehole as a very lovely gaswoman was sitting in the room who just happens to be gay (he knew this) and she looked a bit uncomfortable. Anyhoo, you get the picture and I'm going way off topic. I don't know, I really don't. Every part of me is screaming that this is wrong and yet who are we to say what's right and what's not? Who chooses the moral code?
WTF Two is the whole sorry Shannon Matthews saga. This poor little girl went missing on her way home, a massive police hunt took place, the mother and her boyfriend/stepfather, Craig Meehan, were photographed looking distraught. Story after story emerged until finally Shannon turned up 24 days later at her stepfathers uncles home, hiding in the drawer of a divan bed. He was arrested and charged with abduction. His arrest was followed by that of the stepfather who has been charged with possession of child pornography images. More arrests came after that with the stepfathers sister and mother being arrested and charged with assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice. Today sees the news that the childs mother has been arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice and the uncle (the original abductor) was taken to hospital over the weekend after a serious self harm attempt.
The families involved are tabloid fodder. Matthews mother and Meehan put me in the mind of Wayne and Waynetta Slob from the old Harry Enfield show. The mother has seven children by five different fathers, three of whom live away from their mother. Poorly dressed, pasty faced,seemingly thick as piggy doo doo, they fit the stereotype of the undereducated underclass who bounce up and down in the safety net of Social Security. It's like DSS Dynasty.
Theories about on the internet. A widely held belief is that it was a set up job to make some money. It is thought that they came up with the sick scheme after seeing how much money was donated to the Madeleine McCann fund. The idea that these people could use a nine year old child to make money out of the British public turns my stomach. The whole saga is unthinkable. What a waste of police time. What a complete headfuck for the child herself. What a circus. Not to mention the fact that probably every child at Shannon's school as well as within the wider community was petrifed that someone was going to take them from their parents.
So, what the fuck again.
What a smashing ramble. I shouldn't post when I'm tired. Oh, and my fucking shoulder hurts. Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to exercise my free will and eat some Green and Blacks.
Over to you.
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