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Pregnancies and media reactions!

February 16, 2009 1 comment

Facts apart, media and community reactions are also dictated by identity. How would media react to a ‘Hindu’ child father or to a ‘Caucasian’ mother of fertility-drugs assisted-octuplets.

Anyone or freedom ...?

Anyone for freedom ...?

Octomon Nadya Suleman case

The public relations group that has represented octuplets mother Nadya Suleman is stepping down because of death threats, its president said Saturday.

Joann Killeen also said the mother now has an agent: Wes Yoder, the same man who arranged book and music deals for the McCaughey septuplets a decade ago and publicity for controversial pastor Rick Warren. (via The Associated Press: Octuplets mother now has agent but no publicist).

and then came the other story.

Alfie Patten becomes a father

A British schoolboy who has grabbed headlines by becoming a father at 13 … amid calls for a crackdown on the trend towards “children having children” as Tory leader David Cameron put it … Prime Minister Brown call(ed) to avoid teenage pregnancies as figures showed that Britain had the highest teenage pregnancy in Western Europe … pro-life campaigners praised the young couple for their “courage” in deciding against abortion … experts called for better sex-education in schools … Police said it was “not in anyone’s interest” to prosecute the couple. (via Teenage dad not to be prosecuted).

After so much media attention, I have only two questions – What if Nadya Suleman was a White, Anglo Saxon Protestant – instead of a Muslim?

And what if 13 year old Alfie Patten and his 15-year-old girlfriend Chantelle Stedman were Hindus in India?

My fear is that the most two-faced reaction would actually come from Indian media – especially, the Indian-English media?

Facts apart, media and community reactions are also dictated by identity

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