This news item interested me. The lady in question is talking about her discomfort in being left a note on a train by a man who had been looking at her during the journey.
On Twitter – TV’s Ian Wright commented along the lines that it’s political correctness gone mad etc and then hundreds of people comment along the same lines, backing him up – saying you can’t even compliment a pretty girl anymore – sheesh! Comments are on the extreme side, some from people that would probably defend the Yorkshire ripper as a red-blooded bloke who just got a bit carried away.
Well, that’s her point isn’t it? What her face looks like is nothing to do with random bloke on the train – yet he feels that she’s letting the side down or not proving a good service by looking a bit glum in public. If he was a fashion designer and she was the model and the brief was to appear happy and vibrant, he would have a point.
But now we go to another level – the doubterz point out that this is a PR stunt and to prove it the note is written with two different handwriting styles. I wonder how this then means that the incident didn’t happen? It suggests to me that the note was pre-written, which chills the blood a little. But then I get to another strata of thought – doubt is being placed on the motives of the story almost instantly and this does make you wonder if, in some way, this is a shot at social media fame….?
Then I go back to what I think instinctively is the right answer – a young woman genuinely felt vulnerable when a creepy man left her a creepy note on the train. She’s saying that this happens a great deal and it’s not good. I’m on her side on this one but isn’t it interesting how much effort people put in to shut her down – and how we can’t or won’t simply take her at her word. This is the bit that needs work.