Note: Red top is a slang term a slang term for any tabloid newspaper. Most, if not all tabloids in the UK have a red top on the front page.
I’m sure you all remember what happened in July 2011. It was revealed that the News of the World newspaper hacked into various phones, including Hugh Grant, and the voice-mails of Milly Dowler. These revelations and others eventually caused the death of the paper, on July 11th 2011, while sealing the deal for News Corp’s descent into a state of being universally hated by everyone around them. It was a victory for the victims, and those who just wanted to see the death of the tabloids, such as myself.
That’s right, I hate tabloids. If you’ve read my “I’m a Celeb” post, the reasons should be obvious. But I want to expand on it. Everyone knows what a tabloid newspaper is; a newspaper with simple and sensational writing techniques that give more prominence to celebrity gossip, sports, and even hoaxes, than they give to real news.
The first reason why I hate tabloids is because they are dumb. They’re written in a way that can appeal to idiots, and it’s dumbing us all down. The sad part is that the people don’t even care about it. They only read them more than broadsheets because they’re ridiculously cheap.
The second reason I hate them is because they are hypocrites. The tabloid papers, their editors, and their creators claim be morally right, while simultaneously slapping pictures of topless girls on the third page in such a manner that it borders on softcore pornography (the Page 3 phenomenon). Considering how easy it is for kids to get their hands on them, that means they can’t even live up to their “think of the children” mentality. Another aspect of their hypocrisy worth noting is their blatant political allegiances. The Sun and the Daily Star are officially populists (though they seem more likely to support the Conservatives), and the Daily Mirror supports Labour. However, I think it’s not really loyal in this regard. Because all tabloids want to appeal to everyone, they’ll espouse the most commonly held opinions in order to sell papers.
Also, they have the habit of distorting the truth and reporting whatever they damn well please if it meant selling papers. Even mere slander to them counts as news.
The third and final reason why I hate them is there seemingly perverted obsession with celebrities, especially female celebrities. Remember the phone hacking scandal? Part of it was that the News of the World hacked into the phones of celebrities to get stories. Let’s think about this for a second. If it weren’t for the tabloids, Katie Price wouldn’t have become famous. Katie Price is part of the price we pay for allowing the hypocrisy of the tabloids to go unpunished. They place celebrity culture as more important than real news, and thus the tabloids have paved the way for the corruption of our culture for decades to come. In fact, they’re the ones behind our modern, celebrity-driven culture.
And that is why the red top tabloids are menaces to our society. I could write a song and it would illustrate this point. I hear there are going to be new rules put in place to regulate newspapers. If they get passed, hopefully they should teach those tabloids a lesson.