Ben Stokes Blasts Newspaper For 'Painful, Sensitive' Story On His Family & His Rage Is Justified
Yes, it is true that 2019 has been the year of Ben Stokes, the cricketer who not only helped England tie the Ashes series against a powerful Australian side, albeit losing the opportunity to bring home the urn, but also led them to win the nerve-wracking ICC World Cup 2019 final to win England's maiden World Championship.
He is probably one of the most Googled people in, at least, all the cricket-watching countries, especially in the past couple of months and people love reading about him and get to know him better.
One of the English publications, however, got the wrong idea of Ben Stokes' popularity and wanted to capitalise on it by bringing to light the dark past of his family, that they have been trying to cope with for the past three decades.
Livid to see his story be a full front-page feature on Tuesday's edition of the tabloid, the English all-rounder decided to vent his frustration out on Twitter.
pic.twitter.com/ojjjvstZI2— Ben Stokes (@benstokes38) September 17, 2019
"If that wasn't bad enough, the XXX thinks it is acceptable to sensationalise our personal tragedy for their front page," Stokes tweeted.
"To use my name as an excuse to shatter the privacy and private lives of - in particular - my parents, is utterly disgusting. I am aware that my public profile brings with its consequences for me that I accept entirely,” said the cricketer. “But I will not allow my public profile to be used as an excuse to invade the rights of my parents, my wife, my children or other family members. They are entitled to a private life of their own. The decision to publish these details has grave and lifelong consequences for my mum in particular.
"This is the lowest form of journalism, focussed only on chasing sales with absolutely no regard for the devastation caused to the lives as a consequence. It is totally out of order," he wrote.
It is sad to admit that journalism has become more of a numbers game than the idea of providing information and letting the world know of what is actually happening around the world. It is also a fact that people love to read about sadistic things and certain section of the media takes advantage of it, regardless of how inaccurate, irrelevant or unethical it may be.
We hope Ben Stokes gets some comfort from the hundreds of thousands of people showing their support for the cricketer and his family's personal life and privacy:
I'll be just one of many thousands replying to this, so you'll never see it, but know that every right-thinking person has your back on this. That rag is beneath contempt. I hope your family can feel the outpouring of support, and not just the hurt caused.— luca (@gormacha) September 17, 2019
I'm so sorry they did this to you and your family. It's outrageous, no one deserves this. Take care x— Samantha Horrobin (@SamanthaHorrobi) September 17, 2019
The 'public interest' argument is a horrific joke in circumstances like these. None of us are better off for this knowledge. Journalists have exploited their position for too long and their actions cause them to loose their priveliges. The 1% good cannot make up for the 99% bad.— Jeff Smith (@jeffsmith03) September 17, 2019
Stay strong fella. Gutter press #dontbuythescum#DontbuytheS**— ComeOnYouSaints (@ian69hardyred) September 17, 2019