And I don’t blame anyone for reading those articles because we all do it. Newspapers and online sites purposely use catchy, shocking headlines that intrigue the viewer and make them want to know more. But imagine those articles were about you. And you were being picked apart in front of the whole world.
I know I’m not perfect and Caroline Flack wasn’t either. The difference is, that if I make a mistake; I don’t have to deal with the backlash from thousands of strangers hiding behind a keyboard, I don’t become the punch line to everyone’s jokes. I don’t have artists making Valentines Day cards illustrating my errors for their own amusements.
It was artist Samuel Hague, who made the card depicting Caroline referencing her abuse charge. The card was then featured in an article on The Sun’s website, poking fun at Caroline Flack, and informing the reader where they could get their own. When asked about the card Samuel Hague said, “There’s nothing I wish to add. I’m surprised that’s the card you choose to write about. I’ve joked about much worst.”
Since the death of the presenter was announced on Saturday 15th February 2020, Samuel Hague has removed the card from his website, as well as deleting his Instagram and Twitter. The Sun has deleted the article about the card from their website.
The story of Caroline Flack is one that we have unfortunately seen before and we will see again if there are no changes to the law surrounding tabloids and to how people use social media.
All I can really say right now is be kind and be aware. Be aware that your actions have consequences. Spread positivity in the world. You truly have no idea what someone is going through behind the scenes of their perfect Instagram feed.
And if you are someone that is struggling, please speak out. There are so many ways for you to get help, friends, families, doctors, charities, and crisis lines. It’s difficult and scary and incredibly hard to do but you are a friend, a child, a family member, the world will miss you if you go.
R.I.P Caroline Flack, 09/11/1979-15/02/2020