Piccadilly Market: My personal thoughts on Schapelle Corby

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

My personal thoughts on Schapelle Corby

I have written this as I do have an outlet here to be able to express how I feel. It is more for me than for anyone else. I am hoping that people will respect my opinion and not enter into any arguments with me or other readers, use bad language  etc. I have refrained from doing so with people who have a differing opinion to me. So here goes.

I am REALLY sad and disappointed by the way the public is reacting and talking about Schapelle Corby. The comments I have read on social media and heard in public are concerning to me. I understand that people can be against her and not like her and her family but I feel that it has been taken a bit far by some. 

“Who cares this isn't news. Wouldn't have cared if she rotted there for the rest of her life.”

To whoever wrote this. Yes it is news whether you like it or not. The media made it  news not Schapelle herself. She does not seem to enjoy 100's of cameras flung in her face and I am sure she wishes they would go away and let her deal with this the same way many other anonymous Australians in jail around the world do.

What would make someone say they wanted someone like her to rot for the rest of her life? A young girl who may or may not be guilty. Yes I am aware she was convicted. Convicted in a country where the politics and corruption are insane. Convicted with no real evidence to 100% prove she placed the drugs in there. No fingerprints, no CCTV footage, no weighing of bags, no drug tests administered. Is that really fair? It is Lindy Chamberlain all over again and you know how that ended. I was a Lindy supporter also as there was not enough evidence for me to be against someone so vehemently. 

“a shame you didn't think the families of the burnt down houses in Victoria were more important news than a family of criminals”

“What about the fires and the real people who matter??”

What an incredibly stupid and na├»ve comment to make that I saw hundreds of people say. Is this a serious question?  Have we lost the ability to care about more than one thing at a time? News flash…I care about the fires AND I care about Schapelle AND I care about who wins an Olympic Gold AND I care about the loss of Toyota jobs AND I care that rapists and killers are being freed after a few years or less in jail. I can multi task so please don’t suggest I can only care about one thing and that’s it.  I am quite capable of shedding tears of sadness and joy all at the same time.

So what if her family are a bunch of criminals, does that automatically make her one too? If my sibling murders someone am I a murderer also?  If they are a dope head does that make me a dope head too? Does not seem that fair really.  This family of alleged criminals and “bogans” as I have heard over and over have been a very supportive and caring family from what I have seen, they have given her all the support they could, have given up so much to pay legal fees etc and to just be there for her. If the media were closing in on any of my family members like that for any reason at all I would be flinging my handbag around and yelling too. Many non "bogan" families have abandoned family members for less than this especially in the show business world? 

Speaking about show business. I am finding it hard to understand and am very confused about how we can celebrate the life of celebrities,  lots of them,  who are self confessed drug addicts. Found dead with needles in their arms in a house full of illegal drugs.  In some cases people who have young children sharing that home with them. That we can feel sorry about and celebrate and hold candlelight vigils for, but not a young girl who may or may not have done the crime. and who may or may not even be a drug user? I just don’t get it. I have been fans of these big name celebrities but they have to be responsible for their stupidity also and not popped up on golden pedestals with a little bit of pity on the side.

If it were her drugs, does she really deserve to rot in hell? Does she deserve 9 years lost from the prime of her life? Did she take someone else’s life? Is she evil? I think the people shaming her  seem to have more evil in them than she does. 

What if she made a mistake? A really big mistake. The biggest mistake of her life. I imagine she has suffered enough, has done way more than the crime deserves and her new semi freedom should be celebrated and we should care, even just a little bit.  Like Lindy Chamberlain,  how will she ever be able to live in Australia again? How can she walk down a street like an ordinary person again and experience true freedom? She will never be the same again, she will never live a normal life, she will have huge psychological issues till the day she dies. Is that not enough for the Schapelle haters?

As for the media deal. 2 million is a lot of money but if you break it down, it is not THAT big. She has earn't nothing for 10 years, I would say she is so screwed up that she will never be employable and if she was I am sure it would need to be quite menial. I would imagine she would feel compelled to give some money to family members who have put up a lot of money for her. Her ongoing medical and mental health issues will require a lot of money thrown at them. I am hoping that she will donate some money to some kind of a cause. 

I have heard a number of people say that this sends a message to criminals that ALL they have to do is spend 10 years in jail and they are set up for life. Really!!!!  I would bet whatever I had that if she was given the option of getting the last 10 years back or 2 million big ones she would choose the former. I think the people making this statement underestimate what sleeping on a hard floor with a room of full of other women in the heat and stench of a squat toilet and no running water is like. Prisoners in this country may think 10 years on the inside would be worth it but that would only be a certain type of person, not anyone I know.  I would never give up a day of my freedom for money.

The bottom line is that there are just too many what if’s for me to be so against her. 

If it all comes out that she put the drugs in her bag or knew they were there I would be sad and disappointed that a 26 year old women felt she needed to do that. I would however know she did the time and I would pray that she enter back into life the best way she can, having hopefully learnt from her ridiculously massive mistake and be able to live somewhere in peace with a little compassion and support.

Once again, I welcome peoples opinions but make them nice and to the point and please respect that wrong or right these are my feelings on this case.


Peggy Knowles said...

well said!!! I commend and applaud you on such forthright honest commentary.
it is so easy for haters to throw around strong words behind the screen, but if it was there sister, daughter, friend, neighbour... my guess is they would just as easily jump the fence as they have jumped on this band wagon!!!
love, kindness and compassion do not need to be a dying breed...

Nicole said...

I could not have said it better myself. It isn't like she murdered or raped or abused anyone.

How many people make dumb mistakes at 26. I dare say she has paid more than most for a mistake.. even if I think she is innocent.

Social Media definitely seems to bring out the worst in people when they comment. Apparently everything is black and white.

If the media want to pay her money then its the media's fault. She didn't ask for that money, that is the different media channels bidding to get her story. They want to pay it so whatever.. they will also make a lot of money off her crime to show her story too.

Unknown said...

Well here's my thoughts.....I think she's more than likely guilty but realise there is a possibility she may be innocent, or possibly it was another family member. I also loathe drugs and I agree that the Thai system is very different to ours, but people know how it works there and if you're stupid enough to try and take drugs in or out of Thailand then you're an idiot and you pay the consequences. At the end of the day news is news but I hate to see people profit from doing wrong, like Chopper Reed for instance.

textilefusion said...

Well written Janina.I admire your honesty and feel people should be a little kinder before they speak...I think everyone should leave her alone.I don't believe we will ever know the true story and I believe whether she's innocent or guilty doe's anyone deserve to spend nearly 10 years of their life in a filthy jail cell in Bali for importing marijuana (in my belief I think Heroin,Ice,Meth are far worse)? I think not,but we all like to have an opinion.Let her live her life now, which will be one filled with post traumatic stress due to the conditions she has endured over the past 10 years.Everyone deserves happiness in their lives and I wish other people/media/photographers would stop and think about this for one minute!!

Piccadilly Market said...

Agree Nicole.

What kind of fool would knock back the money if its being offered? The media turned into the circus it is.

Lesley...Chopper Reed is a perfect example of someone who most definitely should not profit. He had no remorse for what he did.

Thank You Peggy for your comment also. People would think very differently if this was someone close to them, even if they were guilty.

Kerri said...

Well written Janina. Couldn't agree more. I returned from England the day before Shapelle's trial- 30 weeks pregnant and slightly emotional, with no idea who Shapelle was, I became really overwhelmed by her situation. Having raised that baby I was growing to be a confident individual who has grown and changed so much in the time that Shapelle has been in jail, the one thought that stays in my mind is "Right or wrong, she is someone's baby too".

Piccadilly Market said...

Exactly Kerri. I was about 30 weeks pregnant with my girls at the time of the trial also and super emotional and yes that is someones baby.

Piccadilly Market said...

Exactly Kerri. I was about 30 weeks pregnant with my girls at the time of the trial also and super emotional and yes that is someones baby.

Krystyna Thomas said...

I congratulate you on a very compassionate and thought provoking article.

People do need to have another chance. Especially if there is doubt re their innocence. She certainly has "done time" in a horrible jail, in a foreign culture. I hope her own culture will help rehabilitate her.

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