Monday, 17 March 2014

Just Someone's Girlfriend?

L'Wren Scott (born Luann Bambrough; April 28, 1964 – March 17, 2014) was an American model and fashion/costume designer - Wikipedia 

L'Wren Scott who it seems tragically committed suicide earlier today, has already been treated by the media in the same way as Reeva Steenkampf,  and MANY, many more women in the limelight by being treated as nothing more than the sidekick to a famous man. 

"Mick Jagger's Girlfriend commits suicide" 

"Oscar Pistorius girlfriend slain"

These women were people in their own right, not just the property of a famous person, or an extension of them, and even in death, the media STILL find a way to sensationalise their death. 

Now is a sad time for the friends and family of L'Wren, they will be asking themselves sad questions, what they don't need at this time is for her to be seen as just a rock stars girlfriend. 

WHY do the media do that? 

Let me know.

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4 comments

  1. Yes, the media don't mention that L'Wren was a successful designer. Just another notch in Jagger's belt. So sad.

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  2. So sad a woman's life comes down to being Mick Jagger's accessory. Anyone who doubts patriarchy exists needs to realise that so many women's lives are annexed like this.

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  3. Completely agree! I am getting so frustrated seeing headlines of 'Mick Jagger's Girlfriend found dead'. She was first and foremost L'Wren Scott - an individual not someone's property and on top of that she was an accomplished fashion designer admired by many. She also has a family who have lost her and out of respect to her and them she should be remembered as L'Wren Scott - not simply one of Mick Jagger's women. RIP to the amazing lady.

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  4. Here is the text of the complaint I made to the BBC following the coverage on Radio 4's Today programme:

    "At the 06:00 news, the death of L'Wren Scott was announced as (approximate quote) "The Rolling Stones are considering cancelling their forthcoming tour following the death of Mick Jagger's long-term girlfriend, L'Wren Scott.

    L'Wren Scott was an incredibly successful fashion designer who had also been a great model. She was woman, a person within in her own right. Your news reporting dismissed any of this to her being a 'girlfriend'. This attitude to women stinks.

    The news at 06:30 continued in the same vein. By 07:00 the Stones had cancelled the first date in their tour so that became how the news headline for this story changed. I am thoroughly disgusted with this attitude and how it dismisses and belittles women.

    I do not deny that The Rolling Stones are cancelling a gig and possibly a whole tour is news. However it is happening due to tragic death, apparent suicide of a successful independent woman. This is the major news story.

    Ask yourselves this, if Mick Jagger died and L'Wren Scott (still being alive) considered cancelling a London Fashion Week show, woudl you announce it as "L'Wren Scott considers cancelling her London Fashion Week show following the death of her long-term boyfriend, Mick Jagger"? No, you wouldn't. If you wouldn't treat a man like this don't treat a woman like this.

    I say again, it is dismissive and belittling to women and demonstrates a staggering display of unthinking sexism."


    And here is the reply:

    "Thanks for contacting us regarding ‘Today’ on 18 March.


    We understand you found our reports on the death of L'Wren Scott belittling to the fashion designer, as you felt we focused more on her being the partner of Mick Jagger.


    We can assure you that we seek to provide the highest quality across the board with regards to our reports and production standards. It was never our intention to offend or disrespect Ms Scott’s memory, or her many fans in any way.


    With your points in mind, we’d like to assure you that we’ve registered your feelings on our audience log. This is the internal report of audience feedback which we compile daily for all programme makers and commissioning executives within the BBC and also their senior management. It ensures that your points and all other comments we receive, are made available across the BBC.

    Thanks again for taking the time to contact us."

    I am thoroughly unimpressed.

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