Liz Jones. The Mail columnist who famously wrote about her annoyance at not being able to get vaccinations at a moment’s notice at her local NHS clinic (where she wasn’t registered), has now written about her deafness. Despite being disabled, she complains I get absolutely no perks at all. Journalist Charlie Swinbourne has written an excellent response to Jones’ piece, including an open letter to the columnist:
You said: “Shall I tell you why deafness gets no truck, no special treatment, no politeness? It’s because it is seen as the disease of the old.”
Liz, for the first time in nearly this whole column, I agree with you. There’s very few positive deaf role models out there, and we could really do with a Harry Potter style character who wears hearing aids rather than glasses, to make deafness cool in some way for the first time like, ever.
We could also do with better researched articles that don’t make deaf life out to be harder than it really is. We want other people to help us sometimes, but we also need to help ourselves.
Source: Society Guardian, 7 October 2011
People who should know better are once again overlooking serious character flaws and narcissistic motivations in a bid to crown a disreputable public figure as a champion in raising awareness of disability-related issues on blogs and social media. Jones has a ridiculous sense of entitlement especially in situations deserving of more gravitas. The Swinbourne article, along with comments on the latest barrel-scraping Mail whinge-fest, clearly illustrates that Liz Jones exists in a strange privileged existence where self-righteousness ignorance prevails over humility. She can always be trusted to let what is, in her mind, a good story get in the way of facts…typical of the tabloid by which she is employed and poor at £200k per annum, allegedly.
Like Jones, glamour model and master media exploiter Jordan (aka Katie Price) has admirers who support her every move as she “defends” severely disabled son Harvey from the slings and arrows brought on by her continued exploitation of her son for money, tv shows and column inches. The same Jordan who, in her “Jordan: Model Mum” documentary, seriously considered livestreaming her eldest child’s birth on the internet as a pay-per-view event. Mercifully, the crass nowhere-near-being-a-model mum decided against it. However, after her infant son’s vision impairment diagnosis the enterprising exploiter of all things personal decided that there was “no difference” in her selling photos (and stories) of Harvey “because someone else is going to”. This caused a great deal of tension with Jordan’s mother Amy, who thought felt her grandson was being over-exposed in the tabloids and hoped (unconvincingly) that her daughter wasn’t using him. As the years have passed Jordan has decidedly shown herself to be a dab hand at doing just that, after insisting for (for a minute or two) that she would be keeping him out of the limelight. The same can also be said for her other children
While I do appreciate the value of public figures sharing personal experience with disability and illness, I believe it is prudent to question the motives and actions of those with Marmite reputations not particularly known for humility. Some journalists and celebrities have no shame in seizing upon anything and everything to make a name for themselves – and a small fortune.
- The insane world of Liz Jones in her own words (shoutingatco.ws)
- Liz Jones plumbs the depths in report on Joanna Yates murder(guardian.co.uk)
- Use found for Twitter and Liz Jones (go.theregister.com)
- Sending Liz Jones to report on Somalia is grotesque | Ros Coward (guardian.co.uk)
- Not all deaf people want to be ‘fixed’ | Charlie Swinbourne (guardian.co.uk)
- Daily Mail’s Liz Jones Killed My Baby (sturdyblog.wordpress.com)
- Frankie Boyle joke about Jordan’s son broke tv rules (telegraph.co.uk)
- Katie Price shamelessly milks attention over son Harvey. Nation learns to hate her again. (holymoly.com)
- Katie Price: Standing up for Harvey – Worthy but wobbly (tvpixie.com)
- Is Katie Price – AKA Jordan – an inspiring mumpreneur? (startupdonut.co.uk)
- Deaf Woman Hears Her Voice for the First Time and Doesn’t JUST Change Her Life, but Changes Ours As Well (dovetailedlife.wordpress.com)
- Cuts leave deaf children without vital help (mirror.co.uk)
- Bristol’s deaf community feel under siege | Charlie Swinbourne (guardian.co.uk)
- Deaf man battling to join Army – WLFI.com (news.google.com)