Reports and surveys tell us that more and more young are over obsessed with fame, have little respect for the law, and are not prepared to work hard for a living. One reason for this is the apparent rise of celebrity reality shows, with Big Brother and X Factor often named as prime examples. So it is, perhaps, good to see that the X Factor is putting its foot down about contestants who have been involved in rather unsavoury behaviour.
Earlier on in the series, one member of the girl band "Hope" was asked to leave the series when it was revealed that she had an outstanding criminal conviction. At the time, I remember people speaking about how this would send a message to an enormous number of people who craved fame but who were also involved in activities on the edge of the law.
Now today it has been revealed that a 15 year old contestant called Emily Nakanda has been removed the X Factor because she has appeared in a video on Youtube in which a girl is threatened with what appears to be a weapon whilst Emily makes threats of a physical and verbal nature. This school "happy slapping" video is the sort of thing they make TV documentaries about and is probably common in school. But like the first contestant who was thrown off the show, the message it sends out to youngsters is extraordinarily strong.
To any teenage girl or boy seeking fame it reminds them that the carpet can be pulled from beneath their feet if they have done anything that might be described as illegal.
Some might argue that she is a teenage girl who made one mistake and is paying dearly for that. This may be true, but I prefer to think that this is justice for the victim, the one Emily Nakanda was threatening. The only real victim here was in the video that Emily's friends were filming being bullied. It is justice for her.