I know I said I had nothing left to write about, but the BBC coverage of the events at the Dorchester this week have encouraged me out of my self-imposed exile from my blog.
Numerous commentators, on radio and TV, have been describing the appalling behaviour of a bunch of sleazy, over-privileged, misogynistic, insanely wealthy men in a discredited London hotel as ‘horrific’.
There are many words that could be employed to describe the behaviour of some members of the obnoxious Presidents’ Club. How about ‘disgusting’, or ‘degrading’ or ‘demeaning’, or ‘de-humanising’ or ‘disgraceful’? And we still haven’t exhausted the ‘d’s’.
But bandying around the word ‘horrific’ is just wrong.
Rough-sleepers in Britain being kicked to death by thugs is horrific. Babies being thrown into burning buildings in Burma is horrific. One and half million people suffering famine in South Sudan is horrific.
The fact that these pathetic, but powerful, men feel entitled to harass young women is worthy of examination, censure and serious debate.
Over-using words like ‘horrific’ does not help.