As George Michael was admitted to the C list wing of Pentonville Prison, a friend/publicist said it had been a humbling experience.
But many prison governors warn that, with rising numbers of red rope jumpers staying at her majesty's pleasure, celebs could become the dominant culture. 'Britain's prisons are becoming a university of celebrity,' said Stuart Winnard governor of Grimbledon Prison in south west London. 'Prisoners go in as C listers, but they meet other celebs who show them the red ropes and they become experts at queue jumpers. By the time they come out, blinking at the light, they're A listers.'
Inside prison, over stretched prison officers have no time to spend with prisoners. They're powerless to intervene as they see lags being taught the tricks of celebrity. Lags will learn how to work a room, how to get out from a limousine and how to survive on the cut throat Addison Cresswell chat show system, where Jonathan Ross was recently brutally dispatched.
'By the time these poor things emerge, they will be hardened celebs, completely unable to fit in with normal society,' said rent a quote psychologist Linda Papadopoulos from the University of the Bleeding Obvious.
Some ex lags say Botox is actually easier to get hold of inside prison. Underpaid guards can be easily persuaded to look the other way as prison visitors smuggle cosmetic enhancers into the prison waiting room in their cheeks. Transferring the contrabrand is the work of a quick air kiss.
After an initial induction to prison life at Grimbledon, Michael is expected to pass onto a supposedly more enlightened regime, where he wil be prepared for life as a useful member of society. But many insiders say that is exactly the opposite of what will happen to Michael when he spends his time at Groucho Prison in Soho.
Publicists/friends of George Michael are said to be preparing themselves for their client emerging from prison with a dreadful book or even a couple of self pitying songs, following his experience.
Report says Prison is university of celebrity - turning lags C list to A list
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