60 Minutes feature tonight: “Forbidden Love.” As the promo reads, “A brother and sister – a father and daughter. Now they’re about to reveal their deepest secret, one they’ve always tried to hide.”
Bloody incest on free-to-air TV during the 7:30-8:30 timeslot, not condemned for the sick, sick thing it is but almost shown as just another “lifestyle choice.”
“Aw, c’mon. Don’t go all moral and righteous on them.” In this age of do-it-yourself, make-it-up-as-you-go-along morality, that’s the message I felt was being pushed. I don’t know how many times phrases like, “People shouldn’t be judgmental, we’re consenting adults and we’re not hurting anyone” came out.
Money quote from the father/grandfather: “I knew it was illegal, of course I knew it was illegal but you know, so what.“ Then he gives a creepy chuckle.
And yes, the Australian couple have a biological child together, as well as two children from previous partner/s, dutifully smiling for the camera and telling Australia that there is nothing wrong with their Mom sleeping with her Dad – or is that, their Grandpa. Full names and location were given. Gee, school tomorrow should be a real blast for them.
The 60 Minutes transcript will be up here (it’s not up yet just been posted), and here is the story on it from from news.com. Read it and weep – for the poor children involved if for no other reason.
UPDATE: Actually, there was something 60 Minutes wasn’t telling us in their eagerness to portray this couple in the best possible light:
A FATHER and daughter who have revealed they are couple and have a child together had another baby who died a few days after birth from a congenital abnormality, court documents show.
Why didn’t 60 Minutes tell us about that death?
PETER OVERTON: …. But then they would break the greatest taboo of all – Jenny fell pregnant with their baby. 9-month-old Celeste seems blissfully happy and perfectly healthy. Despite the odds. Children born to close-relative couplings are six times more likely to die at birth, did you consider that?
JOHN DEAVES: The way I look at it, it’s just like if I was married to Jennifer and she was not my biological daughter and we had a child. It’s exactly the same thing. The child is not deformed. It had no mental difficulties. Quite normal, healthy child.
UPDATE #2: More that 60 Minutes didn’t tell us:
An ex-wife of the South Australian man who had a baby with his daughter has rubbished claims the pair had almost no contact for 30 years. Dorothy Deaves told ninemsn John and Jenny Deaves, who have now had two babies together, lived under the same roof when Jenny was a 15-year-old girl.
And there’s this:
Mr Deaves — who was once jailed for armed robbery…
Andrew Bolt asks: Was 60 Minutes just being slack in not checking this story further, or just irresponsible in withholding all the facts?
UPDATE #3: Yes, they were paid for the interview. (The Australian)