The big celebrity gossip story of the week is of course the 'revelations' about Kate Moss and her alleged use of cocaine. I say alleged because that seems to be a way to avoid getting sued… even though frankly I would have been far more surprised – nay shocked – if she was found not to be taking the drug.
What has really shocked me though is the way that the tabloid newspapers have gone at her – quite literally – like a pack of baying hounds. I have made my views on fox hunting pretty clear in these pages, and Kate is most certainly a fox. What confuses me is whether the story is actually in the public interest in any way, or whether it was nothing more than a money making exercise from a failing newspaper's coke-addled hacks desperate to ignite some genuine controversy after their last major exposÃ© was found to be a complete fraud.
The only possible argument for this story being of genuine public interest is that Kate Moss sets some sort of moral example to the youth of England – and that she might therefore be a corrupting influence. Now, I'm not the hippest cat in town, but I'm pretty sure that anyone who really styles themselves after Kate Moss is pretty aware that supermodels do drugs. Not all of them, of course, but a lot of them. And anyone who didn't know was blissfully ignorant of the fact.
So what the papers have done with this story is make sure everyone in the world knows that Kate takes drugs. What they've done is shatter the illusion that was enjoyed by dozens of fans across England that Kate Moss, girlfriend of crackhead Pete Doherty, original poster girl of heroin-chic, is a clean living angel. Anyone who lived in that imaginary world deserves to be taken for a fool. And where's the value in bringing her down? I just can't see it. If anyone really believed that Kate was clean, then all the newspapers have done is make it more likely that (a) teenage girls around England will learn that their idol does loads of coke and (b) ensure that a popular hero of English fashion loses all her jobs. Oh I nearly fogot about (c): SELL LOTS OF NEWSPAPERS.
Kate Moss never set herself up as moral guardian of the nation. But hacks at the Mirror do exactly that. What I would like to know is: how many of these shitty journalists are themselves cocaine users or heavy drinkers? How many have illicit affairs, drunken punch-ups or two day benders? I would bet that at least 75% of them do any or all of these. I wouldn't be surprised if it was every single one of them. These lowlives, scum of the earth, who claim to be the conscience of the nation, are nothing but bottom-feeding, mysoginistic, jealous hacks who need taking down. The Mirror is a particularly hateful newspaper: it is just as low-brow as The Sun but assumes a sort of intelligent-prole image that is always shattered when they print either this sort of scurrilous gossip, or the made up bullshit they call cover the rest of the time; also it is hateful because it employs Tony Parsons, the most irritating and useless man ever given a job.
Anyway, my point really is this: Kate, if you ever get to read this, or if someone mentions my brilliant rant, do this: Get Out Of England. It's a shit-hole, take it from me.