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SickFic? WTF?

I admit to being quite ignorant of this genre, or whatever you call it, but apparently it’s very popular in Internet Land.

According to Lee Goldberg, SickFic is when net people write about public figures, and well-known celebs, either getting it on, and engaging in other bizarre sexual exploits, or being subjected to other people’s sick fantasies about them. For instance, (tame examples coming up!) Brad Pitt having monkey sex with George Clooney, or Christina Aguilera being gang-banged by New Kids On The Block.

Apparently this is widely accepted. Who knew?

Anyway, over here in good old England, prosecutors aren’t putting up with it. The Daily Telegraph reports:

A civil servant has been charged by police for allegedly writing a blog about the kidnap and murder of members of the pop band Girls Aloud.

Darryn Walker, 35, from Newcastle, is being prosecuted under the Obscene Publications Act, in one of the most significant cases on censorship since the controversy over the DH Lawrence novel, Lady Chatterley’s Lover.

Most police inquiries under obscenity laws now involve pornographic images in magazines or on DVDs.

This is the one of the first cases involving the written word in recent years and is expected to be the first test of the law since pornographic material became widely available on the internet.

Mr Walker is accused of posting a comment on a fantasy pornographic website which allegedly described the kidnap, mutilation, rape and murder of Girls Aloud members Cheryl Cole, Nadine Coyle, Sarah Harding, Nicola Roberts and Kimberley Walsh.

It was headlined “Girls (Scream) Aloud” and is said to have run to the equivalent of 12 pages.

I mean how fucked up would you have to be to even feel the need to write anything so vile? Surely people who spew this kind of venom are only a few steps away from acting out their sick fantasies?

People will argue that it’s no different to an author who writes about serial killers etc, but I think that’s a load of utter bollocks. This is not only obsession in, the worst sense of the word, but it also borders on psychotic, and anybody who thinks it’s ok to write such vile and venomous things about other real-life human beings, who have done them no harm, seriously needs their head examining.

I think people who go this far, really should serve time in jail. Even celebrities deserve protection from this type of thing.

What say you?

Via Lee Goldberg.