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Home > Blog > Is Prison Losing its Stigma?
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Friday, August 26, 2005 11:53 AM
Is Prison Losing its Stigma?
Anita Sharpe on Culture

As more wealthy, glamorous people get shipped off to the pokey, will prison become just another quirky cool thing that celebrities do -- sort of like bearing your kids before the wedding? I was struck by Martha Stewart's unabashed display of her electronic monitoring bracelet at her news conference this week to promote her new TV show. She joked that she was bearing a microphone battery pack on her other ankle, 'so I'm well balanced today.'


4 comments

anita - 8/30/2005 10:55:27 PM
Agree about Martha -- she has an amazing amount of brains and pluck.
Robert - 8/30/2005 7:35:54 PM
Hard to say. It's obviously in Martha's interest to remove some stigma from her situation, and then play up the remainder for her 'comeback' posturing, a delicate balance. And there is something comical about continuing to monitor someone who has absolutely no incentive to high-tail it to Brazil or whatever the fear is. However, I'm not sure most folks associate her offense and situation -- widely considered a victimless crime, fairly or not -- with the Enron and other corporate types who knowingly victimized others with seemingly insatiable greedy intent. I'd like to think that most people still look at prison as a horrendous situation. Despite her multiple, obvious flaws, Martha still makes a better role model for young people than a lot of the vapid pop culture types out there.
sam - 8/26/2005 4:01:51 PM
Yes, prison isn't so bad; theft, lying, cheating and death by dismemberment are fine as well. A better question, is, who cares what celebrities are doing? Please don’t add fuel to the fire of stupidity which already exists among celebrities and the followers of these morons. After Peter Jennings died many of his colleagues called out the fact that he loathed the fact that ABC covered Michael Jackson, OJ and the like, please follow in the footsteps of a world class journalist and do everyone a favor, stop talking about celebrities…
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 8/26/2005 3:20:33 PM
Geez I hope so. Maybe then the 'stars' would see how other people live when they lose their freedoms and not take so much for granted....A slap on the wrist, nay even a monitoring bracelet on the wrist, doesn't always deter people from losing sight of what's right and/or wrong. This is just a photo-op for our friend Martha and she knows it.
Living la vida fearless,
Jan
www.tobeyourbest.net

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