Monday, 16 March 2009

Max Clifford - a death fantasy

My train got stuck outside Marble Arch, apparently they need to check smouldering on the tracks. Victorian notion; perhaps a steam train passing along the central line dropped a hot coal. Reading and re-reading one page of the metro, in the polyglot crush I can't turn the page. Jade Goody is dying, eliciting automatic sympathy, only a monster would not feel bad for the woman. She told her children she will soon be a star in heaven: apotheosis by media. Speaking of monsters, Max Clifford is our ringmaster for the final act of the Jade show. Insidious, personification of the malignancy killing his client.

I saw him on the news the other day, press eddying in his wake. He deftly deflects questions about Jade's final media appearances, “her choice”, “I asked her if she was sure” and so on. He's as insincere as the press who follow, gripped by the story but feigning moral approbation at the same time. They tell themselves “It's all right, its only a job”; the media and Max united in the drive to make some money - “but no, that's not fair, there'll be money for Jade's kids, our motives are pure ... now excuse me while I find a shower to wash the grease away”.

I can imagine Max now, sitting at Jade's bedside, Blackberry on silent. Master manipulator, sliding his practised fingers into the darkening recesses of a cancerous mind. “Remember your public Jade, they'll remember you. I can offer salvation. Immortality in print. Call me Max Christos Jade, if they read about it death will be overcome.” Max himself the great spider at the centre of his web. Poor Jade, she can't see the void behind that rubbery face, she cannot see this man for what he is. A monster for our times, a demagogue of celebrity, corrupt and corrupting.

I wonder if he fears death? A man so addicted to control must find the thought disconcerting, after all, once the spider's dead of what value is the web? I hope when his end comes he suffers. I hope he sits estranged, reading of his impending death in the rags he spent a lifetime filling. I hope he gets that moment of clarity, the realization of the poison his life was. At that moment, in the agony of being, the adrenal rush of the organism with nowhere left to run, he'll rip out his eyes, swallow his tongue; then the dogs of justice will come and tear his rotten flesh from the bone filling the air with the stink of decay. And so to darkness, lost but not missed. A tomb stone will read: “hear lies Max Clifford / maker of idols / keeper of secrets / he saw the worst in us and gave it voice”; and that will be it, he will depart with a whimper, no more will he darken our lives.


RandianProtagonist said...

How dare you insult me like this. You will be hearing from my lawyers very shortly.


RandianProtagonist said...

Seriously, I think you are reading far too much into the man. He merely gives the celebrity obsessed public what they want; he is no more than a mirror (a symptom rather than a cause). What concerns me more is precisely what sort of a society we have become when we have an entire industry based around this rubbish. And the hypocrisy! Not only was Jade vilified by The Sun newspaper for calling Shilpa, "Shila Poppadom" (yet the same publication called the Chinese snooker player Ding Junhui a "Pot Noodle") but she was also threatened with prosecution by the CPS who took FOUR MONTHS to reach a decision. Any undergraduate law student could have told you there was no legal case to answer in FOUR MINUTES ! Also, I think that anybody who castigates the British public for being celebrity obsessed needs to question ex Prime Minister Blair who not only gave his first interview as PM to "The Richard and Judy Show" but also joined the campaign to free Diedre Rasheed (a fictional character in a soap opera).