Redemption is one of the most important values Society can stand for. The anger generated by myopic crime headline driven media has created a hatred towards prisoners and criminals that demands suffering as an acceptable punishment rather than the removal of liberty.
That anger ignores losing ones liberty is a punishment that is for a species that requires social structures as desperately as ours a terrible punishment in of itself.
The desire to turn what is an already painful punishment into suffering has led to one of the highest incarcerations rates in the world and private prisons perversely able to make profits off incarceration.
In short, we need to be far more open to redemption and promoting of redemption as a society, so X Factor’s desire to give a convicted killer a chance to appear and contest on their alter of light entertainment would have been a great call, if Shae Brider had been a real case of redemption.
Since the show screened him, details have emerged that question his glossed over version of events. True redemption would have shown Shae taking far more personal responsibility for his actions, contacting the family of the victim of his crime for their blessing and worked as hard as he could to give back to society what he has taken. That clearly hasn’t occurred which makes X Factor’s gesture meaningless.
The issue then moves to why X Factor’s producers didn’t back ground search enough to know the full story. If it was laziness, that is appalling, if it was because they thought it would be great controversy for ratings then that’s appalling.
Incompetence or venal corporate greed?
X Factor have to show a better job of redemption than Shae managed.