Amanda Knox Publishes Essay Before Her Return To Italy
After eight years since her release from an Italian prison for a murder she did not commit, Amanda Knox is returning to Italy to speak at the Italy Innocence Project. Knox was wrongly convicted for the murder of her roommate, Meredith Kirshner.
Knox is scheduled to speak at an event June 15 in Modena. However, before she left for Italy, she published an essay called Your Content, My Life on Medium. In the essay, she focused on how the media itself has limited her ability to be public in the social media world.
Knox wrote about the documentary Netflix released about her case in 2016, and how she initially thought that this would be the best way for her to tell the truth about the story. “I had high hopes for the film’s debut. I hoped people would like it… that they might finally see a glimpse of the real me,” Knox wrote. “Of course, Netflix chose to advertise Amanda Knox with twin massive billboards in L.A. and New York: my faces and the words ‘monster’ on one and ‘victim’ on the other.”
In the essay, Knox also wrote about how when she made her Instagram page public, she feared that she would see comments that called her strange or psychotic, which ultimately was what occurred. However, despite the backlash, public the account stayed. “I did so because I wanted to have what every other person around me had,” Knox wrote. “The freedom to shout in the wind and say, ‘Here I am!'”
“While on trial for a murder I didn’t commit, my prosecutor painted me as a sex-crazed femme fatale and the media profited off of it for years,” Knox wrote. “It’s on us to stop making and consuming such irresponsible media.”