Another elderly celebrity, swept away in the continued witch-hunt, featuring Jimmy Savile, Gary Glitter, Freddie Starr, Old Uncle Tom Cobley and all, etc. I know, we're not supposed to name him, but how can one defend him if not by this reference?
Although one could probably make the stretch to reach an association between rock 'n' roll types from the 60s and 70s, who were a tad on the raffish side and probably knew each other in passing, to scuffle the affable, avuncular and talented Rolf Harris into such company is beyond the pale. Now we are going too far.
I fondly remember Rolf's clever television shows, his free-hand paintings, and cheery songs. Sun Arise stands as a classic of Australian native music. He was inspirational. I had no desire to meet Rolf, I just enjoyed his music and his art.
Rolf wasn't a vulgar man, anymore than Desmond Morris of Zoo Time, a very important show based in the sciences and aimed at children, or the long-suffering Harry Corbett, being bashed constantly by Sooty, were vulgar.Who's next, Bill and Ben? Noddy and Big Ears? Enid Blyton?
Photo: Harry Corbett and Sooty.The worst that Rolf could be accused of is having a penchant for the ladies of appropriate age. Annoying for his wife of many years, and embarrassing for his daughter, but not felonious and certainly none of our business.
This needs to stop and it needs to stop now.
When I receive advisories from Care Leavers Association proposing that those who were in care in the 70s and might have experienced abuse to please contact some former Chairman, because he has a journalist who will talk to you, words initially failed me - well, here's the information as supplied by Care Leavers Association:
"We have recently received an email from former Chair of the CLA, Phil Frampton (2000-2003). Phil is in contact with a journalist who is interested in addressing the issue of the abuse of children in care by voluntary sector children's charities . In the words of Phil's email, the journalist is "ready to take up a call for the children's charities to be investigated a la Jimmy Savile about cover ups of allegations of abuse in their homes, and working with their abuse victims rather than spending millions to deny them justice". If you are interested in pursuing this, you can contact Phil via his email address."
Are you SERIOUS? This outfit thinks that it is appropriate to have some "journalist" take complaints from possibly real victims of child abuse???
So, I responded accordingly, by the provided email, to Mr. Frampton:
"Mr. Frampton - the day that some "journalist" is qualified to professionally investigate and deal with the troubles of those in care homes, I shall eat my hat, video it and post in on Youtube as a protest against this sort of nonsense.
Please find trained professionals, who can communicate in private with these individuals and alert the authorities appropriately. You have the outreach that would enable you to do that, and I hope you will.
As an ex-pat Brit who was in a care home, I am beyond disgusted with the hysteria surrounding ancient allegations, as well as the exploitation of the 'victims.'
You need to stop encouraging this sort of sleazy behavior and lead the call for privacy and proper professional handling of this situation, not kowtow to 'journalists' and the likes of Mark Williams-Thomas who is NOT qualified professionally under any theory.
Stop the madness.
The song that seems to somehow indicate that Rolf has been Up To No Good is the rather ancient song, from the First World War era, I believe, and originally performed by Sir Harry Lauder, "Two Little Boys," which is about courage and friendship and nothing at all to do with whatever the dirty-minded, self-appointed "child abuse experts." i.e. a former police constable and an investigative journalist among others who should know better, apparently thinks it does.
This clip is from the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Concert. Rolf gets to sing some of the song acapella and the entire audience joins in, including members of the Royal Family, though the BBC m.c. interrupts rather inappropriately. This song has been covered by many artists, so I suggest we rope them in as well, just to be fair.