There seems little point in commenting on how crappy the UK’s Daily Mail is… But, still – the angle on this story makes me a little sad. It’s a sequence of photos from a Foundation for AIDS research gala in LA, featuring rock icons Sinead O’ Connor and Debbie Harry. It’s truly lovely to see them, but the captions and the copy… So sexist, so ageist – so middle England conservative conformist.
The gist of it is – “Look at these two weird old women. I mean, they were weird when they were young, but at least they were good looking. Now they’re old and weird. Yuck.” Ad nauseum.
If it had been two guys – David Bowie and Morrissey, say – can you imagine that same angle being used?
Oh – and the name of the foundation and what it does – doesn’t appear until mid-way through the piece. The writer knows he’s about to descend to a level of churlishness that would be unseemly if the true context was revealed.
Me? I’m glad we live in a world with people like Sinead and Debbie in it. Not just because of the music they’ve produced (and let’s not forget, they’ve both made incredible work) but because they’re upsetters. They push culture forward by challenging it. They worry Daily Mail readers with their “ill-advised” outfits and “erratic” choices. We need more people like that.