Will lessons be learned from Caroline Flack’s death?Feb 18, 2020
has been watching her every move as tributes for Caroline Flack flow in, the former Love Island presenter is angry, it has become the third
deathlinked to the ITV show in the last 20 months, but her friend and fellow presenter said today that the show is not the problem it's the trolls and the tabloids she loved to laugh and had the most contagious laugh she also had a lot of struggles i'm not going to pretend she was perfect but like anyone she lived every mistake publicly under scrutiny from the media push newspapers that create clickbait that demonize and destroy success we've had enough Caroline Flack was forced to stop presenting Love Island as she was due to stand trial in the high-profile domestic violence case that pleaded not guilty to the charge of assault, although her boyfriend did not support the accusation on Friday, Miss Flack discovered that the court case would continue anyway Still today, her officers appeared to blame CPS for her assault.
Indeed, the Crown Prosecution Service should look at themselves today and how they pursued a show trial that was not only without merit but was not in the public interest and ultimately resulted in significant distress for Caroline. This was not a show trial. This was a case like any other. domestic abuse case like this one thousand a day that the Crown Prosecution Service prosecutes. I don't know what the evidence is, but I'm guessing they were 909 calls, it was a police body camera, there would be medical evidence on there. evidence from police officers attending the scene potentially an interview and others have been pointing the finger at ITV this from the executive editor of Sun Caroline was hung up by ITV she was distraught that she was not supported and distraught by the lack of support she received and yet, social media users point out that the Sun newspaper was leading lewd coverage of his case.
This is a mild example that we have chosen not to show anymore, eg. regional pages, at least one story has since been removed online, but even some of ITV's own presenters are now questioning the future of Love Island. Eamonn Holmes asked for repercussions out of respect, darling. Lancaster James worked as a psychologist on an early series of Love Island, although she didn't know Caroline Flack personally, it's often very difficult for people who are public figures to express how difficult it is for them because they find that they then get a backlash saying ok , what do you have to complain about or do you get into this? arena as if the fact that you work in entertainment somehow means the gloves come off ITV have said they are shocked and saddened by this desperately sad news it's not the first time a broadcaster has found itself plagued by accountability questions in the midst of a tragic
deaththat is mom Angie reports and if you have been affected by the issues raised in that story support is available please go to channel 4 comm slash support ok now I am joined by Natas. ha Devyn, mental health activist and author, thank you so much for coming.
I mean, first and foremost, this is a huge tragedy for the family and friends of the Caroline Flax family and all the people who loved her. Yes, and to be clear, I didn't know Caroline personally. We don't know about the specific circumstances that led to her death and it is probably upsetting, perhaps even damaging, for people who knew her to speculate, but we do know that suicide is a symptom and occurs when grief exceeds coping resources and in about 90% of cases it happens as a result of untreated depression or addiction. Having said all of that, I think with Caroline's case specifically, there's a real opportunity here to learn something about the world that we live in and I think it's interesting the way that people have been passing the buck, the blame has been it has spread everywhere, while in fact that blame should be shared and we should all think about what we can do to change the environment, I mean her.
Friend Laura Whitmore today in a really powerful piece on the radio spoke about the intense scrutiny Caroline Flack had faced from the press and social media, and that's a lot of pressure for a young woman who was clearly struggling. I want to be clear, I think. regardless of the gender of the person, if someone has experienced domestic abuse, they should be supported and it is ludicrous to suggest that a domestic abuse where their substantial evidence should be discarded because the victim no longer wants to give evidence because that rewards coercive behavior but outside of that this show trial was going on and the way the tabloids and social media turned it into a tabloid circus was absolutely disgusting and to see some of the perpetrators of that today expressing their sadness is true hypocrisy i mean the press, of course it is supposed to be regulated and there are plenty of people who
willhave seen the coverage Caroline Flack faced and Phil is that regulation is not working but what do you do with social media because it's a free for all game?
People feel like they can say whatever they want. I think we have a number of professional trolls on social media who are really setting the tone and you. see them, I'm not going to name them, but we all know who they are, that today they talk about how tragic they find the deaths of Caroline slacks, but at the same time they harass people like Jameela, Jamil, Megan, Markel, Katie Price, people that we know that are. going through emotionally and mentally turbulent time we need to deprive them of oxygen, we live in an attention economy where our quicks and engagement is the new currency we need to unfollow and engage with those people, not for social media companies, It's up to us, individually, as social media companies, but increasingly, the tone of the media and social media is set by what we engage with, so as individuals, we must take responsibility.
I mean Carol. In what is now a particularly moving Instagram post, ine wrote be nice to people you never know what's going on I guess you'd say that's good advice I think it was really touching when he posted to a world where you can be anything be kind and, of course, it was very successful, as we heard the psychologist say in the article that it can actually make people feel less like you. know someone's pain and anguish behind closed doors, so we should always try to treat people with kindness and Evon attested in those notes, thank you so much for coming, thank you
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