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Can Max Clifford make paedophilia a celebrity disease like cancer?

by | 6th, December 2012

THE celebrity culture taught us that private tragedy is public grief. So. Max Clifford. How will the press react to the arrest of the tabloid hero who has handled so many shag ‘n’ tells? Mr Clifford must be presumed innocent. But he’s a celeb, isn’t he. A face. And in the current clime we are not to trust the familiar and the connected.

No paedophile has ever hired Max Clifford to explain their condition as an illness. Cancer, the dread disease that became the thing all famous sufferers are supposed to discuss in public, is one thing. Sexual deviancy is quite another. Before John Diamond died from cancer, he wrote about the illness in the Times and also in a book, C: Because Cowards Get Cancer Too . His  Guardian obituary on Diamond said it was a horrible irony that the illness that eventually ended [his] life was also, professionally, the making of him” . You could be professional victim of cancer. But, no, paedo has made it their stock in trade.

Bea Campbell, writing in the Guardian , said Princess Diana, in discussing her bulimia, was in that instant transformed from a pampered princess into an anti-imperialist force who had joined the constituency of the rejected the survivors of harm and horror, from the Holocaust, from the world war and pogroms, from Vietnam and the civil wars of South America and South Africa, from torture and child abuse” .

If vomiting your lunch can do that, can a wily PR handler turn paedophiles into victims and symbols of something familiar? In this Brave New World, would you ever bet against it?

In this video, Max Clifford is on Sky News. He’s discussing popstar sex and Jimmy Savile:

In 2007, private investigator Glenn Mulcaire admitted tapping into the messages sent to celeb PR fixer Max Clifford. Mulcaire was working for the News of The World . We know what happend next. But what if the NoW had not closed? The paper was not to all tastes but it did do investigative journalism. The NoW once named and shamed child abusers. The media that likes to see itself as higher brow is now looking to do the same. Twitter, a place billed as free and liberal

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