Nigella Lawson in alleged fight with husband Charles Saatchi – Sunday People conveys full horror with a pun
TV cook Nigella Lawson is alleged to have been manhandled in public by her husband Charles Saatchi. The Sunday Mirror tells its readers of an alleged incident outside Scott’s in London’s Mayfair:
Nigella Lawson attacked by husband: See shocking pictures of Charles Saatchi repeatedly squeezing TV chef’s throat
Her eyes are transfixed as she struggles to prise away the powerful hand squeezing around her throat.
Dramatic and ugly stuff. But we don’t know the whys and wherefores. All we have is the Mirror’s interpretation of a photograph.
But lest you think it a private matter, the Mirror tells us just how awful it is. A nameless onlooker tells us that Mr Saatchi was “menacing“, and:
“It was utterly shocking to watch,” said one onlooker. “I have no doubt she was scared. It was horrific, really. She was very tearful and was constantly dabbing her eyes.
“Nigella was very, very upset. She had a real look of fear on her face. No man should do that to a woman. She raised her voice and got angry but at the same time was trying to calm him down, almost like you would try to calm down a child. The kiss was a strange thing. He was being intimidating, threatening.
“And yet she kissed him. She appeared to be a woman who loves him but was clearly unable to stop him being abusive, frightening and disrespectful to her.”
So how does the Sunday People convey this apparent horror? With a pun. It was “BOILING POINT”. So. Was it serious enough for a front-page shocker or something of nothing worthy of a joke? The Sunday People and Mirror seem undecided.