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Friday, September 30, 2005

A rocking Moss shouldn't be stoned

So, Kate Moss does coke. Fetch the smelling salts. Moss has lost at least £4m worth of contracts in the last two weeks following these shock horror revelations. However, this ‘scoop’ is merely evidence of what we all suspected – and, accepted – before.

Drugs have always been an integral part of celebsville. Googling ‘sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll’ gives 2,590,000 results. There aren’t so many for ‘sex, tea and rock ‘n’ roll’. Sid Vicious, Clapton, Hendrix… being rock ‘n’ roll means doing drugs. EMI probably have a form for signings: ‘Please tick which drug use applies to you’. Sellability points: heroin, 10; crack, 8; coke, 6; speed, 4; E, 2; and cannabis doesn’t even register because even my mate’s granny is doing that now.

That’s the point: everyone does drugs. Not only are the famous somebodies chopping up lines of coke, the boring nobodies are doing it too, slipping into the club loos on a Friday night and getting stoned in between college classes. Ours is a nation of hedonistic drug addicts. So it’s fairly unimpressive when Kate Moss, whose career was built in an industry that invented ‘heroin chic’, is proven to do drugs.

You can practically hear the tabloids and magazines cackling gleefully: finally, she’s been caught! Moss has been turned from the girl everyone wants to be to the girl everyone wants to hate. But why do we care whether someone we’ve never met is doing drugs? Why do we care whether Sienna Miller was seen picking her nose? Or whether Jamie Oliver crossed the road? Such is the content of magazines like heat, which boasts a 500,000 circulation. The answer: we care because we are jealous, insecure and boring.

We’re jealous and insecure because we want to be them. We want to have the £15,000 pink diamond ring. Because we can’t, we choose to vilify those we idolise. Seeing Abi Titmuss falling out of a bikini with a red arrow pointing out her cellulite makes us feel less inferior. Slagging others off makes us feel temporarily better: in the playground; the office; when we read about celebrities.

We’re boring because we ignore the wealth of information at our fingertips. We have access to several good daily newspapers but, shamefully, people care more about Jade Goody’s love life than the situation in Iraq. Trashy mags are junk food; they seem tasty but leave you empty and only harm you. Gossip, read or spoken, cultivates our selfish, unpleasant nature.

Kate Moss had to look stick thin and gaunt to keep her job; in fact, she had to look like a drug user. The primary reason she was sacked from H+M was because the executive chairman helped found a charity devoted to fighting drugs. Whether Moss pops pills with her cornflakes is irrelevant. She is a model, not a role model. One does not need a qualification in moral behaviour to pout in front of a camera.

Conclusion: let him who is without sin cast the first stone.

So, there it is. I know the title is a bit stupid but it's all I could think of - I'm expecting them to change it! It was also nearly double the length when I first wrote it so I had to chop out a lot, but such is life...


  • Title very evocative - I like it.

    Article good. Keep the cutting for the memorabilia box.

    By Blogger Cora, at 12:32 am  

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