The editor speaks
John Crow (above) speaks eloquently of the insidious threats posed
by the asylum parachute scam. However, it is not only to the skies
that we must look for evidence of scams and double dealing. The
Rhona Cameron Edinburgh Festival Fringe rip off reminds us that
it is not only the Mr Bigs of this world who use underhand methods
to fleece the British public. We are under threat too from the world
of the media.
a performer feels that she can charge up to £20 for a show
in which she reads her jokes from secret computer screens, the finger
must not be pointed solely at the door of the troubled Scots star.
No. For what we see here is only a sympton of a larger and avaricious
malaise - that of celebrity culture. Other fingers must surely be
pointed at those behind the scenes complicit in such rip-off behaviour.
Namely, the theatre managers who know little of the performer's
work; the promoter who knows that that performer has little to offer
(other than the dubious distinction of "celebrity") and,
sadly, most of all, the general public who will pay money to see
some one who has achieved fame by accomplishing not much at all
Political comedian Andy Zaltzman notes that if the number of celebrities
keeps increasing at the present rate, there will, by the year 2018,
be more celebrities roaming the streets than there are ordinary
people. For the sake of our children and their children, a step-change
is required in the mind-set of society. We must look now for the
role models of the future - individuals who gain our respect by
showing society at large that same respect.
wreckered understands the frustration and anger of of those who
walked out of the Rhona the Moaner show, we must remind those people
that no-one forced them to go in the first place. In this shallow
culture of fame for the sake of fame, wreckered reminds its readers
of this simple maxim: "Discern and survive".
Wreckered is delighted to welcome literary sensation Val
Day to the magazine this month. Best-selling Val has written a
short story specially for the UK's favourite online webrag. Read The
Early Bird in our lifestyle section.