I haven’t been closely following the Jimmy Savile affair. For those who don’t know who the heck he was, he was a famous BBC radio and TV disc jockey, and also host of Jim’ll Fix It, a TV show in which he ‘fixed’ things so that people could meet people they’d always wanted to meet, or have other dreams come true. He presented both the first broadcast of Top of the Pops in 1964, and the last in 2006. He wore a blonde wig, and sported a big cigar. And now, a year after he died aged 84, they’re saying he was a serial paedophile all his life.
Sir Jimmy Savile was a ‘predatory sex offender’, police say
Police called Sir Jimmy Savile a “predatory sex offender” as it emerged that he is now suspected of abusing up to 25 young girls in allegations dating as far back as 1959.
There’s something that stinks to high heaven about this story. And the main thing that stinks is this: why is it that it’s only now, a year after his death, that these stories going back 50 years and more are emerging? And is there any truth in them?
The Slog has provided some interesting background:
But was Jimmy Savile a predatory rapist paedophile? I very much doubt it.
From the late 1950s until around 1964, Savile was the resident DJ at Belle Vue’sTeen & Twenty Disc Club in Manchester. My elder brother – aged around 15 – went there with his mates to pick up teenage girls. From 1963 until some time after 1966, Savile owned Beat City, a basement disco in Manchester’s financial area. The Slog – aged around 15 – went there with his mates to pick up teenage girls. Back then, Jimmy Savile was in his mid thirties.
It was perfectly obvious to everyone at the time (including a shy teenager by the name of George Best) that the DJ was a celebrity, and attractive to young girls. Throughout his DJing sessions, Savile was besieged by girls asking for his autograph. More often than not, he’d pick two or three out and chat them up. More often than not, he’d disappear with them at the end of the session. I don’t think any of us imagined that the sexual activity to come later would represent rape.
His former PA, Janet Cope, has spoken in his defence.
“Jim often said it only took one girl to blab to the newspapers for money, and a celebrity like him could be wrecked for ever.”
So what’s the likely truth? I suspect that the Slog is nearest the truth. Savile was major player in the 60s’ pop music scene, and was on the receiving end of adulation from teenage girls, and probably took advantage of it.
But if he did, then so did the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Yardbirds, Herman’s Hermits, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Searchers, and every single pop music band in England. And in America. And more or less everywhere else. Because if you wanted to get laid, the very best thing you could do was to get yourself into some rock’n'roll band, and wait for the girls to throw themselves at you.
Because everybody knew that these rock bands had their ‘groupie’ girls trailing after them. And everyone envied them for it.
Back then, it was normal. But now, like more or less everything else, it’s being denormalised.
Because, retrospectively, it’s been renamed paedophilia, and turned into something sick and perverted and evil. And we can now expect every single 60s or 70s rock star to be hauled in by the police and accused of being serial sexual predators.
And that, I suspect, is the long term goal. It’s to turn rock gods into rock demons, and to degrade and humiliate the icons of that era. One or two already have been. Gary Glitter, for example. And now Jimmy Savile. There’s probably real fear stalking through the rock music world. Who’s next?
Yet there may even be an edge of truth to the paedophilia. Because if you’re a 25-year-old rock star in X band, you probably have no more luck with 25-year-old women than I did when I was 25. But when you’re on the road, you’ll have hordes of teenage girls (many of them under-aged) throwing themselves at you bodily. It’s too easy. It’s like picking fallen apples. And you do what’s easiest. And after a while maybe you get to prefer 13-year-olds to 25-year-olds. Because it’s what you’ve become used to. And because they don’t answer back. And because with them you’re the boss. Not equals like real, full-grown women. And so on.
So that’s my guess about Jimmy Savile. That his prominent DJ career brought much the same female adulation as any rock star, and he took as full advantage of it as any of them, and even came to prefer teenage girls over adult women, and did so all his life.
But that didn’t make him a predatory psychopath of the kind that needed to be locked up and the key thrown away. And I think it’s a real shame that they’ve already taken down the headstone erected over his grave only last month, and closed down the charities he worked for, purely on the basis of anonymous allegations.
It’s just that now the groupie girls that used to hang around him, and who have largely been silent over the past 50 years, have been retrospectively persuaded that their experiences amounted to rape or sexual abuse.
And now, one by one, the heroes of the 60s and 70s are going to be demonised, ostracised, exiled, and imprisoned. And that’s why these stories are emerging now. It’s all part of the process of denormalising and degrading and vilifying an entire culture, in every respect. It’s being done to tobacco. And it’s being done to alcohol. And it’s being done to everything else, including the cultural icons of the era, with smear and innuendo and lies.