This Amanda Knox thing has totally been bugging me.

Sometime last year, I caught a 20/20 TV program (or Dateline, or somesuch other news magazine) regarding Amanda Knox. I remember being bothered by the reporter’s tone regarding Ms. Knox (which was, at best, Nancy Grace-ish sensationalist), and I remember being bothered that nothing in this twisted story seemed to add up or make any sense.

The program was two hours long and I was way, WAY confused when it ended.

For those of you not paying attention, Amanda Knox is a 22-year-old American woman who was convicted  of murder last week, in an Italian court, for the death of her roommate, Meredith Kercher.

I’ve been minimally obsessed with this thing, and I’ve now read a metric fuckton regarding the entire situation. It doesn’t take a friggin’ rocket scientist to figure out Ms. Knox was not convicted in an Italian courtroom. They had extremely sketchy physical evidence, Holmes.

Like many other high-profile cases of this nature, Ms. Knox was convicted in the fucking press. And she was convicted because she’s a “whore”.

Every article I’ve read about Kircher and Knox in the past two weeks didn’t ring entirely true to me, and I didn’t really understand why – I just couldn’t put my finger on it.

Until I read this (the entire article is worth the click): asked this weekend: “Is Amanda Knox Being Punished For Being An American?”


Amanda Knox is being punished for being a whore.

Of course, the 22-year old Seattle native, convicted over the weekend to a term of 26 years in prison for the of the murder of her British roommate Meredith Kercher, wasn’t a whore…just a young woman who was open about the pleasure she took in sex.

Yet, in the more than two years since Kercher’s death, the perception of Knox as a “black widow,” a rapacious sexual predator has expanded far beyond the boundaries of her known behavior.

You see, Amanda Knox is very pretty. Check it:

amanda knox Pictures, Images and Photos

The absolute, honest-to-God truth here is that Amanda Knox never would have obtained such fierce media scrutiny, and, thus, a conviction, if she was unattractive. That just doesn’t happen in the American press, and I trust that the international press is not much better. It kind of sucks that someone can be convicted just because of how he or she looks. Very uncool.

The above Telegraph article states that even borderline non-feminist Diane Sawyer has seen this conviction for the bullshit that it is:

That a miscarriage of justice has occurred often seems like a given. On Monday, Diane Sawyer, the host of ABC’s Good Morning America, could barely hide her contempt for the idea that Knox’s “strange behaviour” after the killing could be used as evidence against her.

That Italy has already tried and convicted a drug dealer for Meredith’s murder, and that almost all of the physical evidence was tied to him, apparently meant very little to these stupidhead Italians. Incidentally, Amanda’s boyfriend was also tried and convicted with more crapass “evidence”.

The excellent OpenSalon article (by Heather Michon) takes Sawyer’s thoughts a few steps further:

It was Knox’s seeming lack of grief over the brutal murder of her “friend” that first drew suspicion, and from there it was simply a matter of filling in the psychological and evidentiary blanks.

The portrait police developed of Knox and Kercher was that of The Bad Girl clashing with The Good Girl over Knox’s purported habit of leaving her vibrator on display and bringing strange men home to their shared flat. From there, it seemed a natural leap to say that Knox and her friends decided to teach Meredith a lesson.

But to believe this scenario, one has to stretch the imagination well past the breaking point.

I guess Kircher and Knox had only been roomies for a few weeks, and Amanda had been staying with her boyfriend at his pad quite frequently. So, like, exactly how was she supposed to react here? Amanda bought some lingerie the day after Kircher’s body was found. Undies bad, undies bad!

Granted, if I was Ms. Knox, there’s no doubt in my mind that I wouldn’t have done that. But to convict a young woman of murder because she shopped for undergarments at an inopportune moment? Really? Srsly?!  

That’s fucked up.

I’ve always wanted to travel to Italy. Now I’m thinking, ya know, no.

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  1. families. Talk about total suck.

  2. Hmm.  

  3. guess i’ll have to read your links and see what’s going on.

    And, btw, don’t give up on all of Italy.  Here’s a cautionary tale from Jon Stewart.

  4. Young expat makes huge mistake, lover admits to full crime.

    Americans apologist try to find angle to justify murder.

    xXx slow clap xXx

  5. in small town Italy–you know where they stone the woman in the end. And although the specifics here may be old world attitudes, these kind of trials happen in the US, too– to poor people, and mostly without pretty faces.  

    And, in the US, one could go to death row for being poor, and or black, or yes a ‘whore’.

    Death row.

    They don’t have that in Italy.

    I think the US media has decided she’s innocent because she’s white and pretty, and the Italian media has decided the opposite because she’s a whore/ so I actually think they both suck.  

    • Joy B. on December 11, 2009 at 8:16 pm

    …to be glad we don’t do television.

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