so tonight seems to be the night for reading Jimmy Saville Posts, which prompted me to write something thats been at the front of my mind this week, it follows on from a conversation I had at Uni this week
Im studying Psychodynamic approaches as part of my counselling degree this year and chatting away to a fellow student about the whole Saville debacle, it was interesting to note some common feelings
Let me start by saying that I was of the Jimmy Saville generation, I wrote countless letters to the man, both large and small some of which were to ‘fly me to space’ and some to help me ‘meet the Andrex puppy’, hedging my bets that maybe they might be looking for a ‘small’ wish or a ‘big’ wish that week. Honestly I think I wrote in excess of 30 letters.
I was the generation that hero worshipped him, that mourned his passing, but seemed strangely unsurprised when allegations surfaced, and its that that captures my attention.
Its the fact that, we none of us seem terribly surprised at the allegations, that interests me most.
Chatting at uni my friend made some fascinating observations that I quote here for you, looking at it from a Freudian perspective
Here was a man:
Who sat on a magical throne
Who wore ‘chains of honour’ and symbols of wealth and status
Who issued ‘medals’ of honour to children who ‘earnt it’
Who children dreamt of being rewarded by
Who was rarely pictured without his ‘phalliic’ cigar
Who everyone was happy to be ‘trusted’ with children ‘sitting on his knee’ as he was ‘respected’
Would this happen nowadays is the question I ask myself?
And my honest answer is that we would NEVER accept this today and its all these small but cumulative things that we add up nowadays to come to conclusion that this was not right, in our hearts we know it to be true.
I dont think we could have imagind how ‘not right’ this is, but instinctively I think we knew on some level, and I wonder if thats the level of complicity that might have gone on at the BBC – the knowing but not factually ‘knowing’ which seems to have allowed this to go on for so long.
So many have come forward, some many admitted their fears and rumours
The “King is DEAD”
Lets never let him ‘rule’ over anyone ever again, and those who were part of his habitual abuse feel empowered to step forward.
There is no shame – only his shame