Though No More Page 3 supporters believed they’d finally put a dent in The Sun's notorious daily images of topless women, it seems that they’ve been trolled by the tabloid. Unfortunately for The Sun, the stunt has brought even more attention to the No More Page 3 campaign.
There is no swag involved with being a drug-addicted famous woman. Maybe there used to be—Janis Joplin, Marilyn Monroe, and Billie Holiday all died before YouTube and TMZ, and therefore escaped with their mystique intact. Nowadays, though, if you're Britney Spears or Lindsay Lohan or Courtney Love or the recently deceased Amy Winehouse, your every move is mocked relentlessly by the media. People pity you; they're disgusted by you. They wince when they see you stumbling and glassy-eyed on the cover of magazines, or they buy domain names like whenwillamywinehousedie.com. I'm guilty of laughing at Amy Winehouse's pain, too. Back in January, I sent my friend a particularly shocking photo in an email with the gleeful subject, "Literally the worst picture of Amy Winehouse of ALL. TIME."
For the most part, male celebrities with a substance abuse problem are left to wallow in their addictions. Most are seen as lost, misguided soul-searchers, or "deeply troubled." Do you recall an embarrassing video of Kurt Cobain, Elliott Smith, or Heath Ledger? Is it because they controlled themselves in the public eye, or because we don't care to mock them? Probably a little bit of both; Ledger's death was a shock, partly because it seemed to be accidental but also because drug addiction doesn't necessarily go well with "Oscar-nominated actor." Charlie Sheen certainly got his fair share of snickers, but now he's laughing all the way to the bank.