Michaella McCollum, half of the infamous ‘Peru 2’ is back on the White Isle this week. We know this because it was plastered all over everyone’s favourite rag in a highly choreographed photograph ensemble most likely negotiated by her PR company.
You may remember that Ms McCollum was arrested in Lima airport along with Melissa Reid, they were both subsequently found guilty of trying to smuggle several kilos of cocaine from South America to Europe and served time in a Peruvian prison. They aren’t the first gormless wannabe’s to think they are untouchable and they definitely won’t be the last but for Ibiza people this story was hard to swallow.
What was almost unforgivable is the tale they concocted to try and cover their tracks. Talk of mafia, guns, being ‘kidnapped’ and a notorious ‘cockney’ made Ibiza and more specifically San Antonio sound like an episode of a violent TV series. Those that live and work on the island listened to their story in disbelief especially those that knew the real one.
Ibiza has always had an edgy reputation but the pure fabrication put forward by the ‘Peru 2’ only served to put the fear of god into thousands of parents all over Europe as their children prepared to go on holiday to the hedonistic capital of the world. Their story played on all the usual stereotypes that people genuinely believe, that is until they actually take the time to come to the island and realise that it’s not at all like it’s depicted in the press.
So Ms McCollum & Ms Reid without even realising it became the flag bearers for all the haters who enjoy doing the Island a disservice, this time only to cover up their own shortcomings.
Ms McCollum was young, naive and stupid and she has served her time. Everyone deserves a 2nd chance but you get the horrible feeling she is making a play for fame in our celebrity obsessed culture. To even give her the chance to make money out of her situation would be wrong in my opinion however it’s a twisted world we live in.
Ms McCollum is now free to drink cocktails on the sunset strip but don’t expect us to be happy about it. The people of Ibiza deserve an official apology at the very least before we can even start to forgive.