Why do so many people HATE Casey Anthony? It's only natural to want a guilty person to pay for his or her crime, but do we HATE everyone that's accused of murder in this country? I hope not because there are so many, we wouldn't have time for anything else, nor would likely live very long as HATRED is a very self destructive thing to carry around. It's physically, physiologically, and psychologically harmful to its host. Hatred is also highly irrational, esp when it's directed against a veritable STRANGER. It is usually NOT organic in nature, but a result of external stimuli. Germans didn't HATE Jews instinctively. They were PROGRAMMED to do so by propaganda from the Nazis. Anti-semitism results in PREJUDICE, bot not HATRED on it's own. To get to HATRED, you need provocation and that usually comes from media saturation.
That's what has been driving this ENTIRE case. Absent the media saturation, no one would know the names Caylee or Casey Anthony outside of the people who knew them on a personal basis before they achieved "realty TV star" stature and notoriety. Had either Caylee or Casey not been so physically attractive, the story would have remained a blip in the local Orlando news and been long since forgotten. So it's the MEDIA that jammed this story down our throats from day one. It;s media pundits and commentators that have driven this story, and in a fashion reminiscent of Jean Paul Marat's "Friend of the People" tabloid newspaper, ginned up the lynch mob mentality that sent thousands to the guillotine in an orgy of blood lust during the french revolution. Marat and Nancy Grace know how to gin up a lynch mob. Who can forget the Duke Lacrosse Rape Case, or the total FICTION that was CALLED a rape case? When emotion drives the bus, the logical and rational "rules of the road" go right out the window, and that is EXACTLY what happened in this case. But where did the emotion come from and why did it get so intense?
At the heart of everything is a cherubic little two year old toddler named Caylee Marie Anthony. Who Gould see that little girl's pictures or videos and not just MELT? You would have to be INHUMAN to not feel sadness at the thought of that little girl being taken from her family by person or persons unknown; and lest we forget, that is how this case started. When her picture first popped up the cable news program as a missing person, my first thought was that she had been abducted by a child sex trafficker and, even after media pundits and legal analysts starting baying for her mother's blood, I maintained that the EVIDENCE supported that conclusion far more convincingly than it supported the premise that Caylee had been murdered, let alone that her own MOTHER was responsible for it. It was far more likely that Caylee had been abducted using a long can paradigm that had led THOUSANDS of young women into white slavery, the disappearing modelling agency. If your target was a CHILD however, the modelling agency wouldn't work, as a mother would tend to REMAIN with her child during the photo sessions. Far more likely would be a NANNY or daycare scenario, as a mother would be more likely to leave a child there for a prolonged period of time, usually to go to work.
Whenever I argued or defended this theory, I was ridiculed and attacked by people who had already made up their minds that Caylee was dead and Casey had killed her. I was called a dreamer, of thinking like a LAWYER (a pejorative in MY vocabulary) or of being interested in Casey or attracted to her, etc by people who ordinarily were liberal in their thinking and therefore open to possibilities outside the obvious, or at least imbued with the perception of having OPEN minds. Not in this case, however. With the EXCEPTION of a few lawyers who practiced criminal or defense law, nearly everyone I talked to regarding this case had concluded the worst and condemned Casey Anthony before there was even the slightest evidence that Caylee was anything but a missing person.
How then did a local missing persons case get to be a national media event with the appeal of a network produced reality television show? The simple answer is that it was turned into one by the 24-7 news media and non stop barrage of legal and media pundits and commentators that first created, then FED the addition to all things ANTHONY, much like the average heroin pusher will first create the dependence and then provide the supply of his TOXIC product. The "reality" in modern America is that it's sometimes difficult, if not IMPOSSIBLE do discern the difference between real life and reality TV. Some people used to believe anything they saw on TV. However, since the advent of "reality TV" it's soemtimes hard to tell what's "real" and what's "contrived" to LOOK real. Just as shows like "Survior" and "Jersey Shore" create "stars" of people who are talentless and mediocre at BEST, so too does a non stop media spotlight create another kind of "star" when it overdoses the public on a criminal defendant (ESPECIALLY and attractive one) like Scott Peterson (who to this DAY still gets love letters and marriage proposals even though he's been CONVICTED or murdering his wife and unborn child) and Casey Anthony, who's now free to PROFIT from being free to sell HER story to a publisher, go on media interviews for pay, and may even end up on a reality TV show, or the cover of HUSTLER. She, too has recived money from her legions of horny males fans, and a few marriage proposals as well. That would NOT happen if she were netiher HOT< nor prospectively looking at getting RICH.
Some of the hatred directed at Casey Anthony comes from the standard green eyed monster, JEALOUSY. Women are jealous of her because she's young, attractive, soon to be RICH, and will have her pick of men, including (in thir irrational minds and their husband's wildest fantasies) THEIR husbands. If you could treat the average couple on a couch watching Casey Anthony on the news like a comic strip and put a though bubble over their heads, you would see something like "She's HOT. I wouldn't kick HER out of bed for eating crackers) over the MAN'S head, and probably something like "BITCH. I wanna scratch her eyes out" over the WOMAN'S head. To be fair to the women, some of the hatred comes from the fact that these women are themselves MOTHERS and have natural maternal instincts when it comes to the welfare of children. Like Sarah Palin and her "mama Grizzlies" implies, women WILL protect their children and attack anyone who tries to harm them. The protective instinct is not limited to their OWN children, either. However, these dame women, more likely than not, know EXACTLY what the man next to them is REALLY yhinking as he stares at Casey Anthony, so they HATE her for THAT.
The other explanation for both the popularity of the Anthony case, and the anger over the verdict is the psychological phenomenon of "schaddenfreude." The term comes from the two german words meaning "damage" and "joy" and more simply put, it means that one takes pleasure in the suffering of another, esp another who ordinarily would have it much better than the person enjohing their suffering. In one of my favorite episodes of the series "Boston Legal", Betty White uttered the line that describes it best. She said "It's FUN to see PRETTY people fall." She was referring to Heather Locker's character being on trial for murdering her older and richer husband. That line has a missing subtext, however. It should read: "It's FUN f (for UGLY people) to see PRETTY people fall." It can also apply to the scenario in which it would be fun for POOR people to see RICHER people suffer. That mentalilty gas us Madame DeFarge and the French Revolution! But the conflict between the pretty people and the less than pretty people can be found everywhere as well. Think of the passions aroused against Lindsay Lohan, and Paris Hilton when THEY were facing jail. It's the exact same thing with Casey Anthony.
If you look at the "angry mobs" outside the Orange County Courthouse and jail, you don't see many lookers in that crowd. That may have something to do with the fact that a face contorted in anger is rarely an attractive one, but even putting THAT aside, most of the people baying Casey's blood are much more like the "hound" than the "fox." This is not to say that everyone protesting outside the courthouse is only mad befcause they're jealous of Casey being young, HOT< and likely to make major bank, there are also MOTHERS and FATHERS out there as well as looks have nothing to do with THEIR anger and frustration at what they perceive is a system that failed to deliver JUSTICE for Caylee Marie Anthony and nay do the same for THEIR child some day, Regardless of the driver, it's the EMOTION that's in charge of these people.
Any average person has to believe that Casey Anthony had something to do with what happened to Caylee Anthony. She was the last person seen with her, she had motive, means, and opportunity, and there was a LOT of circumstantial evidence that could lead one to conclude she's involved. But it's a far crown from being INVOLVED, to being a cold blooded murderer who actred with malice and deliberation. Those are LEGAL standards, but such circumnstantial cases have sent many men and women to death rows who were later proved INNOCENT by advances in forensic technology such as DNA. There was none of that here, but the ABSENCE of it ahs to give one pause and create doubt, and by legal standard, that "doubt" MUST innure to the benefit of the Defendant, like her or not. Do I believe Casey is blameless in this case, not on your life. But suspecting is a lot different form having it proven to the legal standard. Like Johnny Cochran once said, "If the gove don't FIT, you MUST acquit." In a jury trial, only TWELVE opinions matter, and OURS are NOT among them.
Looking at the facts presented from a DISPASSIONATE prospective, which iis what JURORS have to do, There is no way to overcome the presumption of innocence beyond a "reasonable" doubt Courts exist to apply to LAW, and the legal standard for convinction is that the state must prove the DEFENDANT committed the crime charged "beyond a REASONABLE doubt." The sticking point in many people's craws is that word "reasonable" which makes since, since it's a SUBJECTIVE standard. To Adolph Hit;er. Josef Stalin, and Bill Ayers, GENOCIDE was "reasonable." To a liberal, NOTHING is reasonable because they are driven purely by EMOTION which negates logic and reason,. Either way, the only way to conclude the Casey Anthony wilfully MURDERED her child based on the evidence presented would be to let anger and hatred overrule logic and reason: and, fortunately for all FUTURE criminal defendants (of which ant of US can be one some day) that did NOT happen here. LAW is the result of the thoughts and actions of MEN, and as such it is NOT prefect. JUSTICE is the purvue of "god" or a "higher power" and is best left to him (or HER);
As for Casey Anthony, what SHE deserves at this time is to relegated back to ANONYMITY. She should be devoutly IGNORED. Do NOT buy her books, do NOT watch her on television or listen to any interview, close your wallets to anything Anthony, and justice will prevail because the only woman can PROFIT by her act or omission is iw WE buy anything form her. If WE stand firm and turn her off, tune her out, and shut her down, she will be punished far greater by Universal Justice than anything the State of Florida could have done to her. She's now a media junkie. She CRAVES attention, positive OR negative, and she has to have it. She's an attention junkie, and the best thing we can do is cut her off cold turkey. Let her return to a life of anonymity and a the only career for which she's qualified, the STRIPPER POLE. That outcome would FINALLY deliver JUSTICE, even if it IS only POETIC, for Caylee Anthony.