Kate Middleton may have in the interim attained a court injunction with respect to further images of her topless being further published in France but commentators at large are not necessarily feeling so smug about her court victory today. Curious to guage the level of reader response to the publication of said images and her victory to have photos from further being published in France (never mind you can find them here and here or anywhere else your heart desires) I came across the following reader comments which may put into perspective the public’s perception of recent events…
Have a read and ask yourself, did the media really go too far, were the royals being presumptuous in assuming that they were not being watched and what kind of message are we now sending in a free society that now allows special interest groups like the royal house to wail that their privacy has been impeached (when their whole existence to begin with whether they like it or not is a public spectacle) and now lodge criminal cases against journalists? What will the royals and other powerful groups in the future be tempted to criminally indict journalists for in the future? Welcome to a dangerous world where the media is now being reduced to second fiddle to the interests of the very elite…
Amazing, Windsor plc welfare recipients complain about the press doing what the press do and everyone gets on their knees and starts sucking royal c*ck. Spineless brown nosers the lot…
The Windsors want us to see them without the Royalty. But with their power comes commitment and responsibility. They want to chill out with the People and look fun and modern. But you only need look at the British media’s deference to know that a game is going on.
The British media works in cahoots with the Palace. The French do not. Kate’s mistake was going topless in France. Had she done it in the UK, you never would have known about it…
I’m glad that the couple got this injunction on the magazine for this invasion of property. I wish the fines could have been larger because I don’t think they’re much of a deterrent. On t other hand, the criminal charges against the photographer are another matter. If that Peeping Tom who invaded their privacy with a telescopic zoom lens gets the maximum of 1 year in prison, then others in the paparazzi might get the idea that they can’t break the law with impunity. There have to be limits on how much they’re allowed to harass people whether they’re public figures or not.
The photographer was standing on a public road taking a picture of someone who exists to have their picture taken. This family would be in much more trouble if everybody stopped taking their picture.
This kind of “article” is what is wrong with the world. Tabloids will always publish smut and lies, but for the Boston freaking Herald to allow space on the web or in print to an analysis like this is insulting to journalism, its readers, and humanity at large. Newsflash to Margery Eagan – I doubt Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (note: not Kate Middleton) gives a flying F what you, or anyone for that matter, think of her body. The fact that our society feels compelled to critique and comment on the looks and physique of every woman as if it were their right is what has created our current culture of misogyny, sexism, abuse and rape. Women’s bodies are their own; they’re not entertainment, art or possessions on display for others. Pathetic attempt at journalism by both the Herald and their writer. Maybe TMZ has an opening that would suit your interests better.
Wow. Your brilliant reporter fails to understand the simple fact that everyone deserves privacy and respect and that some things are just beyond the bounds of decency. Apparently, Marjory is nothing but a small minded giddy gossip at heart. So much for that whole respect for women thing, right? You are quite the hypocrite. This piece sounds like it was written for the National Enquirer.
It truly amazes me that this is fodder for “news” outlets and television “entertainment” shows. All these adolescent comments about breasts offer a glimpse into the mindset of desperate fools or boys still hung up on mommy’s milk. Now tell me, had Prince William been wearing a banana hammock would this have gotten the same publicity?
Perhaps Kate should have known better, but she should also get points for being so well-behaved in an age when hardly anybody young, famous and good-looking is. She hasn’t released a sex tape, she doesn’t have a reality TV show, she doesn’t fight animals; she doesn’t feud with anyone over Twitter, nor does she use derogatory slang, get objectionable tattoos, drive drunk, get photographed smoking pot, throw drinks at people or smash paparazzo’s cameras.
Maybe Kate’s real mistake is failing to profit from this so-called scandal. If she were a Kardashian, Hilton or any other member of American “royalty,” she would have grabbed the controversy by the camera lens and milked it for all it was worth. She and William would have bought the rights to the photos and released them on their own terms — perhaps on one of those commemorative plates or dishtowels their countrymen seem to love so much.
Are the paparazzi problematic? Certainly. Is this news? Absolutely not. When you’re a duchess you should probably keep your shirt on. A small price to pay for the lifestyle that comes with the territory.
Why would she even do something that could compromise her position? She made the choice and someone took a pic. If anyone is to be blamed, perhaps it should be with her.
LOL. The British public is up in arms because a Royals right to privacy has been breached. Wake up British Public, the Government spy’s on Citizens 24/7/365, what right to privacy are you concerned about? The Government thinks that British Subjects (Citizens) have no right to privacy. Why are Royals any different from the herd?