Tuesday, May 11, 2010

No Anger Zone For Naomi Campbell

Things came to a screeching halt when supermodel Naomi Campbell shed floods of tears on The Oprah Winfrey Show. The Queen of Talk was as curious as I am to find out just why this runway diva has such a history with bad temper.

In 2000, Campbell pleaded guilty to a 1998 assault on her then assistant. She had allegedly assaulted her assistant with a telephone in a hotel room and threatened to throw her out a moving Peugeot. In 2005, Campbell allegedly slapped another assistant and beat her in the head with a jewel-encrusted BlackBerry phone. That same year, she allegedly punched Italian actress Yvonne Scio in the face at a hotel in Rome when she discovered that Scio had worn the same dress as her. In 2006, Campbell’s former housekeeper came forward accusing Campbell of being a “violent super-bigot.” In 2007, Campbell pleaded guilty to a charge of reckless assault against another housekeeper. On April 3, 2008, Campbell was arrested in London Heathrow Airport on suspicion of assaulting a police officer. On March 2, 2010, a limousine driver filed a report with the New York City Police Department claiming that Campbell had slapped and punched him then fled the scene.

As if Campbell’s history of violence wasn’t enough, recently, in a television interview with ABC News she refused to respond to a question about a discussion she had with Mia Farrow regarding a large uncut “Blood Diamond” she received as a gift from Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Campbell stormed out of the interview and slugged a TV camera on her way out.

Arrests, fines, court orders, police reports and community service has seemingly not stopped this catwalk diva from assaults, disorderly conduct, verbal abuse and threatening behavior. So, what exactly causes Naomi Campbell to act-out? A tearful Campbell told Oprah that her lingering resentment toward her father for abandoning her as a child is the reason for her temper. Assuming that I believe her explanation, why is it that Ms. Campbell seems to have temper tantrums only with people of service? Could it be that she believes that her diva [celebrity woman with outstanding talent] status entitles her to disrespect people who serve her?

Campbell’s parade of tears offered zero indication that she is in any way responsible or sorry for her repulsive behavior. She believes that a violation of trust, by people who are close to her, is grounds to unleash her “Bad Girl” persona. In other words, she’s the victim and everyone else, her abusers.

Ironically, Campbell is a role model to millions of young women, but to quote reggae singer Shabba Ranks, a “pretty face and bad character,” does not set a good example for impressionable girls.

Whether Campbell’s barrage of tears or her confusion about her past—which leads to her anger—will actually change anything, is left to be seen. However, one thing is certain, Campbell’s housekeeper must be darn happy that she signed Oprah’s No Phone Zone.

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Yvonne S said...

Food for thought!!

Yvonne S

Anonymous said...

According to Campbell's logic, everyone with Daddy issues can treat others in ways they would not want to be treated. Bless her myopic, karma-creatin' heart!

Anonymous said...

If the lady has not seeked professional mental help, that's her next move. If that does not work, she needs to be blacklisted by the profession. She has to hit bottom to realize she must change or go nuts! On second thought, maybe she has already been blacklisted and this is the only way to keep you name before the public.