You know, I see a lot of people saying they didn’t like the old Carol but that they love the new Carol. Honestly, this kind of disturbs me. The old Carol wasn’t weak. She was in an abusive relationship and fearing for her life and the life of her child. I can’t help but feel like this is a sort of subconscious victim blaming. The old Carol deserves our love and respect too. No woman asks to be abused. No woman wants to be in a situation like that or expects to be in a situation like that. I can tell you from experience that Carol was always a warrior. She fought every day to survive. It’s just that now that Ed is gone she can shine the way she was always meant to. A woman doesn’t have to be a “badass” to deserve love and respect. Because let’s face it, in this day and age of rampant misogyny and violence against women, every day that any of us survives is a blessing no matter how we do it.
So, I actually have this, signed and everything. I met him when I was a kid when he was on tour. I had no idea at the time that he was a murderer and of course, did not know that he would eventually be murdered himself. So strange. I have to admit that I miss the days of “freaks” touring with shows. I guess that’s not very PC to say but I always found them to be very interesting. It was interesting to see someone different from myself and see a different side of life. I feel like it helped me to appreciate diversity more. I didn’t see people like this as freaks. I saw them as people trying to make a living like anybody else. Anyway, real shame what happened. Goes to show that tragedies can strike anyone.