Phil Spector Dies Followed By Shocking Ignorance!
News that convicted murdere Phil Spector has passed away at the age of 81 due complications of COVID-19 – but with the headlines comes shocking ignorance and insensitivity by choosing to focus on his music career rather than his crime. Read on…
‘Talented but flawed’
Phil Spector murdered people and beat his kids, BBC. Kind of goes a bit further than ‘flawed’, don’t ya’ think? pic.twitter.com/0d8nUeJc8k
— Some dude (Start crediting artists, people) (@Somedud98002798) January 18, 2021
CelebnMusic247.com reports that after news broke that Phil Spector, the convicted murderer of Lana Clarkson — many headlines have displayed shocking ignorance and insensitivity by choosing to focus on his music career rather than his crime.
Yes, Phil Spector was a brilliant music producer, but that was overshadowed when he brutally murdered Lana Clarkson at 59.
Naturally, readers have reacted with predictable disgust.
Fred West was not a “talented but flawed” builder.
Harold Shipman was not a “talented but flawed” doctor.
Jimmy Savile was not a “talented but flawed” DJ and TV presenter.
— David Beckett (@iamdavidbeckett) January 17, 2021
It’s true that the media often has a habit of overlooking respect and sensitivity when it comes to getting headlines out quickly, and this time they have gone a step too far by underplaying the fact that music producer Phil Spector was a brutal killer.
In many obituaries, actress Lana Clarkson was merely a footnote in a long memorial of Spector’s life and work. But the headline that really struck a nerve was from BBC News, who initially reported: “Talented but flawed producer Phil Spector dies aged 81”.
They have since changed it to something a little more palatable (“Phil Spector: Pop producer jailed for murder dies at 81”) but not before the internet could have their say.
Labour MP Apsana Begum, said:
He murdered Lana Clarkson. Unforgivable reporting.
We surely couldn’t imagine such a headline if Jimmy Savile’s death came after he was publicly disgraced for his sex crimes, or if Gary Glitter had died, or R. Kelly, or Ian Watkins. But that’s probably a huge amount of naivete and idealism on our part.
The monster who murdered Lana Jean Clarkson is now dead.
He was called phil spector.
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) January 17, 2021
Phil Spector Was a Killer:
To recap, Spector was sentenced to 19 years to life in prison in 2009 for the 2003 shooting of Hollywood actress Lana Clarkson. The pair had met in the early hours of the morning at the House of Blues in LA before retiring to Spector’s house, where an hour later his driver heard a gunshot. Spector was seen leaving the house holding a gun and quoted as saying “I think I just shot her”. He would later claim the incident as “accidental suicide”, saying she “kissed the gun”.
Even if you did believe the Lana’s death was a tragic accident, Spector’s history was against him. His former wife Ronnie Spector alleged that she suffered years of psychological abuse at the hands of her husband, eventually “escaping” from their home and later claiming that he threatened to hire a hitman to kill her. Two of their sons, Gary and Donté, would also claim sexual abuse and being held “captive” as children.
Music Sites Remember Spector’s Career Instead of Him as a Killer:
What is disturbing is that Rolling Stone (“Phil Spector, Famed ‘Wall of Sound’ Producer Convicted of Murder, Dead at 81”) and Reuters (“Influential rock producer Phil Spector, who changed pop music and was convicted of killing actress Lana Clarkson, died at the age of 81”). Both placing heavy emphasis on the felon’s career rather than the very serious crime that ended it.
Rest in Peace, Lana Clarkson. Murdered in 2003 by Phil Spector. pic.twitter.com/CLlki5uTnO
— Scott Weinberg (@scottEmovienerd) January 17, 2021