Ex-Factor: Matthew Newton.

 

Earlier in the year, I wrote about (male) celebrities like Matthew Newton and Matthew Johns becoming hosts of television shows, despite their questionable behaviour in their private lives, which became very public.

It is no secret that I feel very strongly about the issue of famous men being rewarded for their indiscretions because “he’s such a nice guy” or “he plays that sport we like”, despite the fact that they are a known wife-beater and drug-addict (Newton) or have been implicated in a group sex scandal with their team-mates, which the woman involved later alleged wasn’t consensual (Johns).

I expressed my disdain for the situation at my workplace yesterday: “what does this guy have that makes beautiful, talented, successful women go after him when he is a known abuser?” One colleague replied that it’s not Rachael Taylor (his most recent ex-girlfriend who filed the claims) nor Brooke Satchwell’s (the first ex to cry assault) faults, which she thought I was insinuating, but let me make myself very clear, if I haven’t already: UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES IS IT THE VICTIM’S FAULT. But seriously, I will ask the above question again: What does Newton have that makes beautiful, talented, successful women go after a known abuser? And what’s more, why would Seven hire him to host The X Factor, due to debut in less than a week, when he has expressed unreliability in the past.

I personally don’t think celebrities with addictions should be thrust back into work straight after attending rehab, or in the case of Lindsay Lohan, jail to boot. Addicts need time away from the stressors of everyday life and the entertainment industry, if that is their chosen field, in order to fully recuperate and overcome their demons.

Mia Freedman also commented on the incident, asking “what should Channel 7 do” with The X Factor’s already-filmed footage, which Newton is “all over”? “When will we stop enabling celebrities to behave in utterly unacceptableand possibly criminalways? And rewarding them if we think they’ll bring ratings?” Freedman asks.

But is The X Factor really aimed at a family audience? With Newton, who was given the hosting gig around the time he was admitted to rehab earlier this year, Kyle Sandilands, a shock-jock who is constantly in hot-water for putting his foot in his mouth, and Ronan Keating, who was recently embroiled in a cheating scandal, the show’s stars aren’t exactly family friendly.

Related: Bad Boys, Whatcha Gonna Do? Host a Seven Family Show.

Why Are Forgiven for Their Wrongdoings, While Women Are Vilified for Much Less?

Elsewhere: [Musings of an Inappropriate Woman] Reblogged: No Words For What Hurts.

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5 thoughts on “Ex-Factor: Matthew Newton.

  1. With you all the way Scarlett…

    Sadly, I fear *Celebrity* is an over-used discriptive of people, who more often than not, haven’t earnt that position and believe this tag is a *gold plated get out of jail* card… & in no way whatsoever should this excuse their abhorent behaviour…

    That Pandora’s Box of demons, that leads to abuse, can be present from birth, as in genetic make-up, others via environment growing up, or, the narcisstic, ego driven I’m infallible personality etc… There are a multitude of other causes/scenarios here… & in no way whatsoever should this excuse their abhorent behaviour…

    The few, like Newton, who have been in the public arena for a very long time, since birth in Matthews case, with their every milestone *snapped & recorded* for the world to see, have never really grown up… They are forever in that *limbo* of being *Bert & Patty’s* son, nice family, excuses made, discretions forgiven & covered up, second chances, third chances etc etc etc… Never really getting to know who they are as an individual, or, where they fit in the scheme of things… The biggest problem being, because of that *celebrity* tag, when they do fail/fall, it is plastered across every media avenue & we hang on every word, presume to *know* all the facts and proceed to be judge & jury… After all, the media surely wouldn’t broadcast un-adulterated truth… Again, no excuses here, just stating possibilities…

    As for *these* people attracting talented, successful & beautiful partners, it could be the *celebrity* tag & what’s in it for me, or, I will change him/her, or, he/she just needs someone special to love & understand them & that is me, or, clever manipulation by the *celebrity*, or….. & again, the list goes on… Let’s not forget here, YOU have a choice in your relationship, in or out… & again, in no way whatsoever should this excuse abhorent behaviour…

    … Your question of *why would Seven hire him to host The X Factor* question, well, its the same for *Kyle Sandilands, a shock-jock who is constantly in hot-water for putting his foot in his mouth, and Ronan Keating, who was recently embroiled in a cheating scandal, the show’s stars aren’t exactly family friendly.* after all, this isn’t really about care for the celeb’ & hapless partner, this is about controversy, headlines, advertising dollars & placing the X Factor on the front page etc…

    History has proved how scandal was once swiftly swept under the carpet, by the powers that be, to nurture the illusion of *celebs/stars* pure reputations, avoid public backlash, mouths were sealed firmly shut by that almighty dollar, blackmail etc, only to surface many years later via an auto/biographical tell all…

    We human beings are a funny & diverse lot…

  2. It’s very interesting to note that in the past five or ten years, celebrity has really become the crux of our society, and being a celebrity means you can almost get away with anything.
    From what I can tell, Newton has grown up in a fairly good environment, and a lot of the articles I’ve been reading state that he has “psychological problems”, so I tend to lean more in that direction, as opposed to repeating the cycle of abuse that so many offenders do. Who really knows what is going on in his head?
    I like that you pointed out, Leonie, that having Newton host The X Factor “isn’t really about care for the celeb and hapless partner, this is about controversy, headlines, advertising dollars and placing The X Factor on the front page.” Who could have known that this would happen, but Newton shouldn’t have been thrust under that spotlight so quickly. Not only has it put The X Factor in a jam, but jeopardised Newton’s mental health, career longevity and Rachael Taylor’s safety.

  3. Totally agree on the *psychological problems* Scarlett…

    Now, this is where I throw in a hell of a lot of guessing & repetitives… so forgive me…

    Bipolar is my uneducated guess given the good time, extreme high *highs* & bad time, very low *lows*…

    This link explains a lot… I am guessing that Matthew has been fighting to be recognised as himself & NOT be known/achieve professionally as the son of *Bert & Patti* since he started to crawl… http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/nation/matthew-newton-wants-to-kill-himself-patti/story-e6frg6nf-1225912185559

    What I find extremely sad here is the reason from Patti, Matthews Mum, as to why she did the ACA interview… It wasn’t really about Matthew at all but about making sure Bert wasn’t tarnished…!!! Now, I find that odd, very odd… How would, what the adult, grown man, Matthew does tarnish his father…??? and I am guessing again from the second last paragraph that Bert & Patti were *blind* because they were so busy being the very public, everyones favourite *Bert & Patti* with perfect lives & children that there wasn’t any room to really see/aknowledge their son, a little boy with BIG, BIG problems…

    Being realistic & given Matthews recent (yrs) history, guessing that Channel Seven legal department would have most definately factored in the possibility of *something happening* via Matthew… The publicity department would have also weighed up the good/bad *fallout* IF Matthew came unstuck… All this would have been thought out long BEFORE even approaching Matthew, PLUS, the need for a standby *replacement* if needed…

    Sadly, Matthew would have been woed, made a bossom buddy via network *You’ll be fine*, *X Factor IS you*, *We’re behind you all the way* etc etc etc… all the *pat on the back* words a bruised mind/ego needed to feel on top of his own game… Again, I’m guessing Matthew has been played by the *game player* experts…

    In no way whatsoever does this excuse Matthews behaviour, he needs help & he needed it many years ago…

  4. I don’t really care for the Newton family at all, but they must be mortified and I think they do show courage by speaking out about Matthew. It does also seem like a blatant move to preserve their public personas, but what irks me the most is that they’re using mental illness as an excuse for domestic violence.
    Sure, it’s a shit situation all round, but Matthew Newton beating up his girlfriend, which he has a record of doing, is the issue here. Plenty of other people suffering mental illness are in the public eye, and plenty of them do not beat their significant others.
    I watched a spot of the Bert & Patty interview last night, and from what I saw, there was no mention of Rachael Taylor and how she was beaten in Rome by the Newtons. Now, they may not have been able to speak about it due to legal reasons, and presumably, if Taylor has filed an AVO against Newton, there are legal reasons for not being able to mention it. I’m just worried that the actual issue is being swept under the rug, and once Newton has attended rehab for the umpteenth time, and his “people” have prevented furthur tarnishing of his name, things will go back to normal and Newton will once again be praised as a great actor and television personality. Unfortunately, we have seen that this is the norm in our celebrity obsessed culture, so the above scenario is more than likely to occur.

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