Jo O’Meara needs our forgiveness, our warmth and our help. She has been vilified more than enough.
Her breakdown and disheveled appearance on GMTV was not an act for our benefit – she’s a lost soul who can’t understand what’s happened to her in the few short weeks she was in Celebrity Big Brother.
This would be bad enough for her if she had emerged to the overall hostility with a support team around her but for her agent, Tony Fox, to die of a heart attack – and for O’Meara to hold herself to blame – is beyond endurance.
After all, her ‘crime’ was a few harsh words.
Even the most despicable criminals are less vilified. She doesn’t deserve what is now being heaped upon her by us, the public.
I was outraged at the bullying in the Celebrtiy Big Brother house – I even complained to Ofcom at the way the bullying was allowed to go unchecked. The catalyst was Jade Goody – of that, there is no doubt.
To keep this nonsense sense of outrage going beyond the confines of the Big Brother house is ridiculous. Not only that but it consigns the viewing public – those that want their pound of flesh – to the same category of bully that provoked such outrage in the first place.
Jo O’Meara has already paid a high emotional price for her harsh words – let’s not ask that she be completely destroyed or heap even more misery on her. She should be embraced, forgiven and helped through this extremely difficult time by the people who objected to the bullying in the first place – we, the viewers and the public.