Femme Fatales unite?
Michelle Carter, who was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter last month after goading her boyfriend by text to kill himself, has a sympathetic ally in Amanda Knox.
The woman convicted of murder in the death of her roommate, only to see the verdict overturned by an Italian court, wrote an op-ed published in The Los Angeles Times in defense of Carter, who was just sentenced to 15 months in prison.
— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) August 3, 2017
“When I was on trial for murder in Italy, the media tried to paint me as a ‘femme fatale,'” Knox wrote. “So it was with a sickening sense of déjà vu that I watched the prosecution attempt the same trick with (Michelle) Carter.”
Knox questioned the charge of involuntary manslaughter and said the “relatively lenient” sentence Carter received “is too much.”
She said “it’s hard to feel sympathy for Carter, who was wrong” in her actions, but added, “Carter may not be innocent in a moral or philosophical sense, but she was wrongfully convicted.”
I'm not sure having Amanda Knox on your side is the way to go here. 😐😭🙈 pic.twitter.com/4YCWrZNiKc
— Chris Hardiman ☕🚨🏈🎸📖 (@AJoyForever83) August 4, 2017
Knox blamed Carter’s boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, for his own death, saying, “The suicide is his own victim, his own murderer.”
“Roy made the mistake of seeking the advice and encouragement of another troubled adolescent,” she added.
And Knox insists that Carter did not coerce him to kill himself.
“For months leading up to Roy’s suicide, Carter advised Roy against self-harm and to seek counseling,” she wrote. “Every time she urged Roy toward professional help, she implicitly admitted, ‘I am not enough.'”
“In our zeal to deflect blame, we insist on villainizing Carter because we want easy explanations, black-and-white reasons,” Knox said.
But she said Carter, who told Roy over the phone to get back into his truck that was filling up carbon monoxide when he tried to back out, “deserves” sympathy instead.
“It’s hard to feel sympathy for Michelle Carter,” Knox concluded. “It’s also hard to feel sympathy for drug addicts or to understand obsessively suicidal adolescents.
“Even so, we have to try. Just because it’s hard to feel sympathy and understanding, that doesn’t mean it isn’t the right — and just — thing to do. Conrad Roy III needed our sympathy and our help and didn’t get it in time. Michelle Carter deserves the same sympathy and help now.”