Meredith vs. Amanda

Dot writes: I’ve been thinking about all the hype surrounding the acquittal on appeal of Amanda Knox and Raffaele Sollecito. So much of the hoo-ha over this case has been obviously fuelled by the fact that Miss Knox is young and extremely pretty. The language used to describe her has been the stuff of the wildest fantasy and stereotyping – a witch who ‘likes hot, wild sex’, an angelic exterior concealing evil (or not, as we must now suppose). In fact her looks worked against her, because she seemed to fit the myth of the fair but treacherous seductress so well. At the same time one can’t help agreeing with the comments of the victim’s family (quoted in another news article I can’t trace right now) that “Mez [Meredith Kercher] has been forgotten in all this.” Miss Kercher was also very pretty, but maybe not quite as pretty, and there has been little opportunity for the media to take any new photographs of her. So the case became the Amanda Knox circus, and remains so even now she’s been acquitted. However, I don’t entirely understand the Kercher family’s determination to back the prosecution’s appeal against the acquittal. They want justice for their daughter: but why does that have to mean convicting Knox and Sollecito, whom a court have found innocent – especially as someone else is still behind bars for the murder?

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3 thoughts on “Meredith vs. Amanda

  1. ken

    She (Amanda) doesn’t look especially pretty to me. I never noticed her looks at the time and it wouldn’t have occurred to me to describe her as pretty or anything like that if you asked me to comment on the case. I do feel for the Kercher family for if Amanda is innocent, it means the real killer must still be out there.

  2. laura

    With this sort of case, I find the reaction of the press and public wildly different from my own. Have you seen this article? (It might serve only to sell the author’s book rather than to prompt additional concern about prosecutors and journalists’ ability to investigate dispassionately.)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/oct/08/amanda-knox-facial-expressions?INTCMP=SRCH Good looks or no, I feel as though the reporting and coverage of this and similar stories function as some kind of marketing. As far as the family of the victim goes, I think it would be psychologically difficult to stop calling for heads to roll after believing for some time that the perpetrator is the same person you have accused.

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