Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Sympathy for the Kate McCann.


I find it harder to get up these cold mornings. Bed is warm and comfy and it's darker. Who in their right mind would want to leave warmth comfort and dark? Not me. Fortunately I have found that coffee and a quick look through the daily mail is enough to get my blood pressure raised on an almost daily basis.
Today's pressure spike came when I read Kate McCann's view on why she is being 'persecuted'. For anyone who has been living in Pluto for the last few months, Kate is the mother of Madeleine McCann, blonde cute toddler, who vanished from a holiday apartment in portugal five months ago.
Kate's latest theory on why folk might not be as sympathetic to her is because she does't look Mummsie enough. You know, like a Mammy.

"Kate McCann believes she has been persecuted because she does not look like a typical mother, her family revealed yesterday.

The GP told relatives she has been portrayed as a bad parent because she is slim and does not look traditionally maternal.

In an astonishing outburst she told her mother: 'If I weighed another two stone, had a bigger bosom and looked more maternal, people would be more sympathetic.'

Mrs McCann has faced five months of barbed comments about her composed appearance during the international manhunt to find her missing daughter Madeleine."

Yes Kate, that's it, by jove you've cracked it. If you were two stone heavier we'd all forget you and your husband left three tiny children under the age of four alone in an apartment in a foreign country while you and he toddled off to play quiz games and have dinner in a pub.
What a croc. If Kate and Gerry McCann had been two gougers, everyone and their mother would have been out in force to condemn them to the fiery pits of parental hell. But because they were middle class doctors, folk pulled their punches.
What rot. If she was fatter we'd be more sympathetic to her plight? How does that line of logic work?
I don't know what happened to Madeleine McCann and neither does anyone else apart from the person who saw her last. I have sympathy for Kate and Gerry McCann because they've lost their child. But I also hold them partially responsible for her disappearence. People say, 'oh give them a break, you can't watch your children every second.' Well of course not, they get older and unless you're going to smother them they need freedom to grow and develop.
But the job of any parent is to provide AS MUCH safety as possible for your children, and leaving them alone an vulnerable when they are nothing more than toddlers is NOT doing your job in my view.
Safety first, pubs and quiz games second.
I don't see how being fatter or bustier would makes people reconsider their views on that.

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Anonymous Nonny said...

I cannot understand why anybody would leave such small children alone. The level of utter stupidity is outstanding. Apart from the obvious, kidnapping what if one oh them had started a fire or injured themselves, they would have been left in agony until Mammy and Daddy came home. I do feel sorry for them but they should be held partly accountable. My niece and nephew livid with me for 18 month I wouldn’t even mow the lawn when they where in bed. I’m still a bit sceptical about the parents, do you think they where involved?

10:44 a.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

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10:45 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I don't know. Honestly I don't know what to think about them. I think the child probably woke up and wandered out of the apartment herself looking for her parents. But then again I have no idea.

10:51 a.m.  
Anonymous Sinéad said...

I'm sure you know that Anne Enright won the Booker prize last night, but in case you missed it, she wrote a recent essay for the London Review of Books about the McCanns - it's well worth reading.

http://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n19/enri01_.html

11:24 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I saw she'd won. I'll take a gander at the piece. Cheers Sinéad.
I'm coming around to this new way of thinking. I was having coffee and thinking about what a cracking excuse it was, you know, if only I was fatter I could steal things and get away with it. If only I was bustier I could not pay my car tax. Terrific stuff all together.

11:42 a.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

That kind of thinking is quite mental Miss Cat. That is an interesting piece, I also think the father is quite odd but he reminds me of the father of that Chamberlain child (A dingo supposedly stole the little baby), Lindy Chamberlain went to jail for it, the father would say the most peculiar things.

Not that it would make it right but wouldn’t it be great if she had been abducted by somebody who just wanted a child to love and not anything more sinister. I hope she is not suffering God love the poor little petal.

11:58 a.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

I think the father is trying to handle it as best he can, her too. I don't like or dislike either of them, but I just found her view that we don't have sympathy for her because she's thin ridiculous.
Personally I think that child is dead and has been for some time.

12:02 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

I wouldn't form a personal opinion of anybody I don't know, its just some things are odd, pressure perhaphs. That last sentance was quite shocking in a slap in the face kind of way. My siesta beckons. Have a nice day dude!

12:16 p.m.  
Blogger Dr. James McInerney said...

When I heard that DNA was found in the boot of the rental car, I had them convicted immediately. I mean 25 days later? Unless the murderer used it to move the body? and what is the chance of such a co-incidence?

The point being that the newspapers did not mention that the McCanns used that particular car to move the contents of the apartment. Then it became obvious that it would be virtually impossible to move Madeline's stuff WITHOUT leaving DNA trace evidence. That is how little DNA is needed these days.

So, as a result of rubbish journalism and all kinds of unsubstantiated claims, the conclusion right now must be that we firmly don't know. We have got to consider them to be innocent. There is lots about it all that makes me cross - I mean, leaving your kids alone...WTF? - but still.

12:31 p.m.  
Blogger daisy mae said...

there are so many things that get me up in arms... like leaving your dog in the car while you go about your business. i always want to open the door and take them home.

then it also seems that leaving your young children in the car is also growing in popularity here in the states.

what makes anyone think that leaving children home alone... young children that can't care for themselves, let alone find help if they need it, is a good idea?

it just supports my idea that people should have to obtain a license before having children.....


grrr!

1:05 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

I have to disagree with most posters here - the media is responsible for some of the most gross speculation on this case. Here in the UK, the snide remarks about her appearance, that fact that she had the cheek to put on earrings and wear different clothes every day etc. etc. They picked over her like vultures. I think they wanted her to appear in a hairshirt with unwashed hair to look properly devastated in their eyes. With hindsight, I sure they both flay themselves to death over leaving the children. However, if you were having friends at the end of your garden for a barbeque and your children were asleep in bed you wouldn't expect to pop in and find one gone - apparently the distance they were sitting from the room was equivalent to an average garden. I feel extremely sorry for them both, they must hate to wake up every morning to the dreadful realisation that their child is still missing and with no idea what horrible thing could have happened to her. I think I would slit my wrists if it was me. I do hope she is found alive and safe. I have read that there is a big market of baby trafficers operating in Europe many of Albanian and Romanian descent who find its a way to make big bucks.

1:07 p.m.  
Blogger Medbh said...

I'm sure her comments won her lots of support from other mothers. You know, because any mother would love to hear that they're as fat and bosomy as the Venus of Willendorf.
That woman has no sense at all.

2:25 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

I think the lack of sympathy at least partly stems from the slick PR campaign the McCanns produced.
I know any parent would do the utmost in their power to find their missing child, but the public are very aware of a spin-master at work, and the hiring of a PR agency wasn't their best idea.

2:39 p.m.  
Anonymous Shebah said...

Sheepworrier, the original PR and media help was given to them by the British Embassy in Portugal - this was then taken over by an experienced BBC journalist friend of the McCanns - they need all the help they can get with a media willing to print any old rubbish for ratings - in their position I would do exactly the same if I could. But there seems to be a lot of "begrudgingness" on the part of media folk jealous of their apparent status and success - which appears to be hard won and not born to them. They are just two flesh and blood people who are hurting badly right now, they deserve our sympathy.

3:26 p.m.  
Blogger Sam, Problem-Child-Bride said...

While it is extraordinary to say that she'd cut a more sympathetic figure if she was fatter I think Kate McCann is just trying to rationalize the press's treatment of her.

I'm with Shebah. I can't imagine the horror of what they're going through and to compound that I think the media have given Kate in particular some pretty rough treatment. If I were her I'd most likely be saying irrational things too.

4:39 p.m.  
Anonymous sheepworrier said...

Shebah: Don't you think part of the media backlash and consequent focus on Kate was due to the initial over-handling and (some have suggested) manipulation of the press?

4:48 p.m.  
Anonymous Nonny said...

The couple do deserve out sympathy but my deepest sympathise are with that poor child, she deserved responsible parents and going to a bar 262* feet away is not responsible or is it any backyard. If we sit out the back and the kids are in bed we use the child monitors and that is not even 10 feet from the back door. Most parents/ guardian's would do the same. At the same time belittling the parents is not helping anybody, attention should be clearly focused on finding that child.



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5:03 p.m.  
Anonymous bendersbetterbrother said...

I'm not remotely influenced by her appearance (is she trying to suggest she's attractive?) and I'm sure the pressure of her circumstances has her thinking, and saying, all sorts of weird things.

Like you though, I can't get past the whole leaving 3 kids under 4 in an unlocked ground floor room with 2 exits, both of which were out of sight. You can't label it anything other than completely reckless behaviour and I don't know anyone who has or would consider doing that. I have one three yr old daughter and wouldn't leave her for 5 minutes in a locked house to get a pint of milk let alone leave 3 for 30 minutes at a time or more.
The media treated them with kid gloves initially afraid of upsetting it's readers/listeners by appearing dispassionate. I was stunned that the media didn't jump all over that recklessness much sooner.

I doubt she'll be found, alive or otherwise, and her parents despite their loss should be subject to the rigours of the law for the dangers they selfishly put all 3 of their children in that night.

I have sympathy for the child but not the parents.

5:21 p.m.  
Blogger fatmammycat said...

Personally I think she looks like she's falling apart. She's gaunt and worn looking. So I believe she's suffering terribly. LIke I say, I just think she's totally wrong about why people are unsympathetic. I mean really, if her and her husband had been two howyas who went out on the tear and left their kids alone?
Can you imagine how vicious the press and public would have been then?

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