The legacy media ™ newspaper, The Sydney Morning Herald, continues its laudable campaign to help people with mental health issues by giving them a public platform to express their issues so that others might better understand the challenges they face.
Well, that’s one way of explaining why they arranged for a lengthy photoshoot to provide multiple “arty” photos for an article about Jess Hodak’s multiple personalities.
Apparently, her other personalities include an 8 year old girl, a middle-aged man and a wolf.
These multiple personalities and their random intrusions into her day to day life, coupled with the heavy medication she is prescribed, means that Jessica is unable to find work or hold down a job.
Presumably, her physical appearance might be a factor in some of those job application rejections too.
It’s interesting to note that, with a plethora of legislation available allowing health authorities and concerned family members to “intervene”, nobody has seen fit to request a restraining order against her preferred tattoo parlour. Also, how does a person with no income afford so much inkwork?
The video of Jessica’s 8 year old personality is particularly interesting. One wonders whether this sketch show character provided partial inspiration;
What do we think; is it more or less likely that her symptoms will reduce following an extensive photo shoot, video and detailed story about her in a nationally-syndicated newspaper?
Jessica clearly has a lot of issues to deal with, not least of which is an overwhelming desire for attention.
It is not sympathetic to a fragile and distressed individual to glamorise the consequences of their condition by treating it like a fashion show. It’s actually a reprehensible and egregious abuse of power with the sole motivation to drive eyeballs and clicks to their website.
But then, this is the same media outlet that believes President Trump was stigmatising those suffering from dementia by calling the Las Vegas mass-shooter, “deranged”, which makes one wonder what adjective is allowed to be used to describe someone who murders 59 people with no apparent motive?