This has been debated before and will continue to be debated till we reach a final verdict. Which might be never. How much privacy are public figures entitled to? The recent and ongoing money laundering case involving Ayyan Ali has forced me at least, to think over this question again.
There is no arguing over the fact that the young model was a pawn and that the real criminals will probably never be caught. Yet it is her who has to go through a trial not only in court but also on the media. A lot of people wouldn’t sympathise with her and understandably so. She’s a model and all models are the same, i.e., corrupt and characterless. Right? Once we assume that she has no morals, it becomes very easy for the moral police to disregard her as a human and they bash her without guilt.
Few would keep themselves in her shoes and try to review her situation, however. She is 21 now and was probably 16 when the ‘big fish’ started using her to smuggle money. How could she have known any better at that age? She was being offered a successful career, fame, money and all the glitter that comes with it. We must ask ourselves: would we have known any better when we were 16? No one’s that mature and those who claim to be are bigger fools than the girl who is now in jail.
The constant media scrutiny is not just disgusting, it is heartless. Every time she sets out for court all the media is interested in are her clothes, makeup, tattoos, hairstyle, and cleavage. We never get to hear what went on during the hearing. She is constantly exposed to filthy comments, hungry stares and lewd smiles. People like to bash her for supposedly receiving VIP treatment in jail. I do commend the woman for putting up with such gross behaviour for so long.
What shames me more is that I’m part of the media that is responsible for the constant and vulgar scrutiny. I don’t know when we will get over the obsession of creating scandals and focus on delivering actual news.
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