Monday, March 05, 2007

Britney Spears , mental health problems and the News of the World

Paddy's comment calling people 'nutters' (which he apologised for)has prompted me to post on a report I noticed in the News of the World.

OK, its not known for its subtlety in these matters, but I thought there may be some awareness after The Sun ran the headline "Bonkers Bruno Locked Up".

Seems not. On Sunday the News of the World reported on Britney in rehab in the following terms :

CRAZED Britney Spears tried to HANG herself with a bedsheet

In a week of rehab madness the bonkers beauty wrote the number of the beast, 666, on her shaved head before running round the clinic screaming "I am the Antichrist!" at frightened staff.

They have struggled to cope with the unhinged beauty who has checked in and out of rehab like a yo-yo, deranged by the torment of her break-up with Kevin last year.

It does seem that Britney is very distressed. It may be drug linked or some sort of mental health problem. Whatever you may think of her that language is offensive.

'Crazed', 'bonkers', 'unhinged' , 'deranged'.

What message does that send out to people with mental health problems. Why is it acceptable to use such terms about people.

Its not just Paddy that uses terms like these as an insult and I'm not meaning to single him out as he did apologise and I think that was genuine. It is though to easy for the left to call people nutters without realising how offensive it is to people with mental health problems , some of whom may be comrades.