It seems the Kate Middleton bum photos has gone from bad to worse with the Australia’s Sydney Daily Telegraph choosing to run the photos to the chagrin of the royal family after Germany’s Bild magazine first published said images.
In defending their outlet’s decision to run the images (which by the way can be found on any general google search should one bother), Daily Telegraph Editor Anette Sharp wrote, ‘why should the media stick to an antiquated code of etiquette when Kate doesn’t bother to protect her own modesty?”
Continuing: ‘Over the decades the media have been consistently fairly kind to the royal family — the British media almost universally respectful of the royal decree that the royal family’s privacy should be maintained and their dignity upheld as it is in the best interests of the royal family and therefore, by association, their value to the British economy.
But it seems a bit ridiculous to expect the rest of the world’s media to follow suit, particularly in a world in which flesh and commercialism go hand in hand.
‘If the Duchess can’t be bothered protecting herself by having hem weights sewn into her garments, why should the media protect her?’
Indeed why should the media protect her? Best to exploit her and make a chunk of advertising revenue from the magic eyeballs that every editor knows will follow (including this one).
Nevertheless not everyone is pleased with Anette Sharp, including feminist blog, jezebel who this morning penned a piece decrying the abject commodification of Kate Middleton’s and by defacto every woman’s body at the hands of Anette Sharp, herself a woman. Which wouldn’t be a bad argument except for the fact outlets like jezebel, the UK‘s Metro and the Daily Mail (who are also fuming over the pictures) spend every other waking day photo bombing their readers with images of scant nubile beauties who just don’t happen to be royals but celebrities. But lest I also have to remind jezebel and the dailymail, the royals, and Kate Middleton in particularly are in fact celebrities.
That’s not to say Kate Middleton is not a woman who shouldn’t have the sanctity and the autonomy of her femininity preserved like any other women, but I’m sorry jezebel this is not about objectification of women and ridiculing them or sexualizing them (I know it would make for a convenient rallying call) but simply providing readers with delicious fodder of how those of us on the other side of the social class get to live, which is really what’s driving readership and not the fickle chance of goring at a woman’s fuzzy half butt cheeks. For that we can all go to the dailymail any day of the week…