and not the benevolent, emotional kind of touching. one story is from the uk, and the other from the us. let’s start across the pond.
meet jimmy savile. he is pictured above. he was a long-time british disc jokey and tv show host. he hosted a make-a-wish type show called jim’ll fix it and a music chart show called top of the pops.
he is sometimes described as having a ‘peter pan’ type of personality. this reminds of how michael jackson was also described, and in fact, described himself.
he died almost exactly a year ago. after his death, allegations of child molestation and rape were made against him by many victims. last december, a segment about the horrible allegations was produced about him, and the bbc declined to show it. now they are having to answer a lot of questions.
it’s almost hysteria now, with each day bringing new allegations to light. he may have had producers and assistants procure little girls for him to molest – at least that’s one allegation. apparently he abused many young women and children at the bbc offices.
now, the bbc is investigating nine of it’s employees for sexual abuse of various kinds. not just that they facilitated jimmy savile’s abuse, but that they engaged in it themselves as well.
the allegations against savile are piling up, almost comically fast. the number ’4oo’ has been bandied about. some have speculated that he was a member (or the center) of a child abuse ring. this ring is thought to include doctors at hospitals where savile volunteered. he was so involved in ‘charity work’ that he was given free reign – even keys to buildings where he supposedly gained access to mentally ill and even infirmed children.
it just keeps getting worse and worse, this story.
personally, savile appears to have been a major prick. he was prone to angry outbursts, difficult to work with and very fickle. he was always ‘on’, portraying this aloof, often antagonistic persona.
there is one interview in particular where savile seems very hard to deal with. it’s a one off documentary show called ‘when louis theroux met jimmy savile‘. the full length episode was on youtube as recently as two days ago, but now i can’t find it. i linked the title to a torrent for the episode, which you can download in as much time as it’ll take to read this entry.
louis theroux is a british documentarian who works for the bbc. he has a quiet, disarming style. he tags along with subjects and allows them to reveal themselves – like the great nick broomfield does, but without a real agenda and not as aggressive.
in the episode, as he spends time with savile in several locations, louis can hardly ask any question that gets a straight answer. anything louis says is contradicted by savile, even simple observations like louis’ marvelling at the beautiful countryside. savile is gruff and gives little. early on in the documentary, when louis asks an innocuous question in the car, savile says something about suing him and ‘taking a few quid off him’. it’s downright odd. and this was 12 years ago.
he is intensely passive aggressive. at one point, when louis leaves the room, he says some snarky things about louie to the camera, as though louie wouldn’t see the footage? i wonder who did he think he was performing for?
at another point, savile has twisted his ankle while running. they go to the hospital and his leg gets a small cast. instead of calling family or friends, savile calls a photographer to take pictures of him mugging in a wheelchair.
savile also confesses to louie theroux that he’d never had a single girlfriend his entire life.
below, see the entire documentary exposure: the other side of jimmy savile. hopefully this video stays up, because i don’t think the bbc can get youtube to pull it.
the other story i’m going to share is closer to home and involves the boy scouts.
scouting was started in 1907 by lord robert baden-powell in the uk. the idea that grown men want to volunteer to help boys develop skills and character seems quaint and altruistic. but then again, for an adult man to go into the woods and spend time with boys he’s not related to does seem a little strange for one to want to do, too.
i was in scouting very briefly as a kid.
i was a chubby kid in 4th grade or so, and this kid (i think the scoutmaster’s son) kept teasing me and calling me names. every time he saw me he said something. i couldn’t take a drink from the water fountain without him saying something mean about me. after a particular meeting we were playing football in the field next to the church where the scout meeting was held. i could only take so much teasing and i just pounced on him. i beat his ass pretty good for a fourth grade fight, and i was not allowed back. so much for me and scouting.
that robert baden-powell himself may have been a pedophile has always been rumored. you can google around a bit for yourself, and there are a couple of books that point to evidence.
there’s always been something a little odd about scouting, in this way. and recently they finally came out with some stuff that confirmed a lot of people’s suspicion about the negative potentiality of the scouting model – that pederasts might be attracted to it.
they released over 14,000 pages of up-to-now secret files detailing the instances and problems with this issue. the boxes containing the documents are below:
that they are called the ‘perversion files’ is kind of perverted itself, but it’s a spot on name.
like the catholic church before it, the scouts covered up abuse for years. like the jimmy savile story noted above, allegations were whispered and then covered up. people were moved around. at least some were prevented from being active.
but how many stories like this do there have to be?
i can’t imagine being sexually attracted to children. i guess in that i am fortunate. i’d sooner slam my balls in a door, it’s that abhorrent to me – whether it’s little boys or little girls. but there are those among us who, for whatever reason, have this compulsion.
what i take from reading these horrible stories is this: you are not responsible for what turns you on. you often cannot help that. what you do have control over, however, is that you do not act on that impulse if it hurts or harms someone else, or if that person cannot consent.
both of these stories are still developing. i can’t imagine how awful the details will be.