Naomi Campbell Needs to Get a Clue
Why the temperamental model needs to either pick up a newspaper or go away for good.
-Kathryn H. Cusimano
We all know by now that Naomi Campbell was called to testify in former Liberian President Charles Taylor’s war crimes trial. Campbell received uncut diamonds as a gift from Taylor after the pair attended a dinner hosted by Nelson Mandela in South Africa in 1997. Campbell avoided addressing the story for years, and tried unsuccessfully to stay out of the trial, a fact she openly admitted in court.
“I didn’t really want to be here,” Campbell said on the stand yesterday, after showing up to court late. “I just want to get this over with and get on with my life, this is a big inconvenience for me.”
Sorry to pull you out of your glamorous jet-set life for a few days, but you are a key witness in the case against a man who has destroyed thousands of lives (and that estimate is conservative). While president of Liberia, Taylor allegedly trained and even commanded rebel soldiers in neighboring Sierra Leone and gave them weapons in exchange for rough diamonds found in the country. Taylor’s actions are believed to have fueled Sierra Leone’s 10 year civil war.
So it’s nothing short of infuriating to hear Campbell complain about what an “inconvenience” this is for her. I can’t help but wonder how the former child soldiers feel.
At this point, Campbell is so willfully ignorant that she can’t even hear how absurd she sounds when describing the night she received the diamonds. Two unidentified men turned up at the door of her hotel room and handed her a gift in a small pouch. Since she is accustomed to receiving gifts from strangers, Campbell said, she didn’t open the pouch until the next morning.