Amanda Knox Would Have Been Better Off Ugly

The Amanda Knox case just won't ever die. And as the one-time American student who is now sitting in an Italian jail convicted of murder appeals her case, lawyers on the other side are having a field day dragging her name through the mud. And most of it comes from how the beautiful young woman looks.

The Knox case has garnered international attention because of its salacious details -- beautiful American girl abroad murders Meredith Kercher, her British roommate, in a sexual game gone bad. There has been a Lifetime movie starring Hayden Panettiere. Both Knox and her former boyfriend, Raffaele Sollecito, were convicted and sentenced in the murder, and a third man, Rudy Guede, has also been convicted.

Throughout, Knox has maintained her innocence, saying that the Italian press basically tried her because she was beautiful and American. Given the way they talk about her, it's hard not to believe it.

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The press has picked up on her sports nickname from school -- Foxy Knoxy -- and absolutely ran with it. The poor girl never had a chance. Even today, lawyers for the first man she accused of murdering her roommate, bar owner Patrick Lumumba, said this:

She put him in jail for two weeks away from his loved ones and family. After poor Meredith, the second victim is Patrick Lumumba. Amanda destroyed him as a man, husband, dad. She muddied his character. She was a diabolical, satanic, demonic she-devil -- muddy on the outside and dirty on the inside. She has two souls, the clean one you see before you and the other. She is borderline. She likes alcohol, drugs, and hot, wild sex.

This is nothing new. This is the way people have spoken about her since the murder almost five years ago. But imagine if she were less pretty, if her skin were less flawless, her hair thinner, or her body less tight, would she have this same kind of obsessive attention?

Her looks actually hurt her, which is crazy. But she would have been much better off if she weren't so alluringly attractive. She is so pretty that it isn't a leap to imagine a man crazed with lust for her doing whatever she wanted. And that is exactly the story we're being told.

It could be true, but it's also possible that it isn't true. It's possible that she was convicted because of all these lies in the media painting her as a seductress and temptress. And even if she is lying and she was involved with the murder, the level of publicity around the case is almost all attributable to her beauty. If she were less lovely, we wouldn't know about this case. And no one would say the publicity has been good for Knox.

We may never know what really happened the night Kercher was brutally killed. But either way, if Knox were less good looking, we would probably not even know she existed.

Do you think her looks have hurt her?


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