Media Media Debates Whether Knox Hot, Not
posted by November 15 at 15:49 PMon
Dylan at Metroblogging suggested that I respond to comments on the P-I’s latest Amanda Knox post objecting to the P-I’s description of the accused murderer as “attractive.” To wit:
I’ve seen several pictures of Miss Knox, and perhaps I’m missing something, but I fail to see why the media keeps reporting she is an “attractive” woman. She looks to be pretty unremarkable…an average early 20-something w/the advantage of being weight/height proportional (an increasing rarity in America, but nothing special).
…Actually, in the photo PI has been using pretty exclusively, she looks like one of the Bush twins (that chubby face/lack of cheek bones)….
As for the comments on this post, Amanda Knox (the suspect) is not particularly beautiful. Definitely a “plain Jane” - but with a little make up and a side part, she could resemble Martha Stewart in her prison jumpsuit.
To which I say: Eh. Focusing on what a white, female accused murderer looks like is par for the course for the American press. The media salivates over stories where pretty white girls go nuts, ergo the media obsessively describes American girls who go nuts as “attractive,” “pretty,” “sexy,” etc. (See also: Coverage of murdered rich, blonde, white girls vs. coverage of murdered poor, non-blonde, non-white girls.) So whether people think she’s ugly or pretty is irrelevant—they’re still commenting on something that has nothing to do with her guilt or innocence.
Anyway, if you think that’s bad, you should see the British and Italian press. Actual headline in the Daily Mail (not gonna link to that trash): “Foxy Knoxy, the girl who had to compete with her own mother for men.” Foxy Knoxy was Knox’s Myspace name. The article basically blames Knox’s mother for marrying a man “young enough to be Amanda’s brother” (actually 13 years older than Amanda, and 12 years younger than her mother—not exactly a shocking age gap) and turning her into a sexually aggressive slut and, eventually, a murderer.
“Looking back,” the Mail reports, the marriage
may well have been the turning point which ultimately culminated in Amanda allegedly holding down Meredith as her throat was cut with a pen knife during a sexual assault in which she died an agonisingly slow death.
Long before meeting Meredith, Amanda had begun to show a distrust of other women, which would manifest itself as she grew older in her inability to form close female friendships, outbursts of jealousy and increasingly rebellious and sexually aggressive behaviour.
Nearly all her best friends were men and, in order to capture the attention she so desperately needed, she tried to compete with them on their own terms. At Seattle’s University of Washington, she would spend her free time on the football field, or join expeditions to climb the perilous peaks which rim the West Coast city.
Mountain-climbing: The gateway sport to murder! Oh, and also:
Italian authorities believe that, on that fatal night a week ago, Meredith may have become the latest and most terrible victim of her resentment of other attractive women.
The Italian press, meanwhile, have taken to focusing on Knox’s “icy” blue eyes; according to the International Herald Tribune, the daily Voice of Perugia recently described her as a “cold man-eater.”
So yeah, I guess that compared to calling her an icy man-eater with a competitive bitch for a mom who killed her roommate because she was a sexually voracious little tramp, debating whether Knox is “attractive” seems pretty tame.