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Title: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: anonymoose on June 28, 2011, 09:05:23 PM
Has anyone seen the Newsweek cover:
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/wire/la-et-mog-newsweek-cover-diana,0,4590218.story

I understand wanting to be provocative and edgy, but wow  :o. I find it really distasteful and sad for her family. Is this as bad as I think it is or am I overreacting?



(I don't know if this is quite the right folder, none really seem to fit).
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on June 28, 2011, 09:06:44 PM
As do I.  I wish the sensationalist media would let her rest in peace. 
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Scuba_Dog on June 28, 2011, 09:11:19 PM
Whoa.  That is just.... Creepy.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: kareng57 on June 28, 2011, 09:13:23 PM
Reprehensible.  If I had a subscription to Newsweek I would cancel it and let them know why.

She is not "at 50".  I'll admit that I was never a big fan of Diana's - but she deserves to be let alone.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: P-p-p-penguin on June 28, 2011, 09:27:31 PM
That just makes me sad.  If it's not bad enough that the media cannot seem to just leave her alone this story must be really upsetting for her family - who the heck needs to wonder, "what if?"?
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Lashley on June 28, 2011, 09:34:14 PM
I just have one question for the editor: what were you thinking?
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Íkorna on June 28, 2011, 10:38:56 PM
That is horrible. Can't they just let the woman rest in peace? Not to mention her family and friends...
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Wonderflonium on June 29, 2011, 07:27:28 AM
During the wedding hoopla, I found myself wishing Diana were there and wondering what she would look like, how she would act, etc, so I understand the impulse. However, I kept those thoughts IN MY HEAD. That cover is seriously off and kinda creepy.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Bibliophile on June 29, 2011, 08:13:17 AM
I agree - totally creepy. 
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: zoidberg on June 29, 2011, 08:14:31 AM
Reprehensible.  If I had a subscription to Newsweek I would cancel it and let them know why.

She is not "at 50".  I'll admit that I was never a big fan of Diana's - but she deserves to be let alone.

ITA with this, down to not being a fan of her when she was alive. But her children are very much alive and don't need to see a creepy photo-shop of their deceased mother. Tasteless and really quite unnecessary.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Lorelei_Evil on June 29, 2011, 08:17:13 AM
I just have one question for the editor: what were you thinking?

This will sell!  We have to stay in business, people will like it!

I was never a big Diana fan either, but leave her alone.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: MummySweet on June 29, 2011, 08:18:00 AM
Things can just go too far... and they have.  :-\
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: JonGirl on June 29, 2011, 08:39:05 AM


It's horrible. I wonder what William and Harry have to say about it.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Winterlight on June 29, 2011, 08:48:51 AM
During the wedding hoopla, I found myself wishing Diana were there and wondering what she would look like, how she would act, etc, so I understand the impulse. However, I kept those thoughts IN MY HEAD. That cover is seriously off and kinda creepy.

Ditto.

Most of the public response I've seen to it has been highly unfavorable.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Akka on June 29, 2011, 08:58:59 AM
This is really tasteless and creepy!

The people who wrote and published the story seem to forget that this was a real person, with real family and real friends. Her son must have missed his mother at his wedding, no need to rub it in!

Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: TamJamB on June 29, 2011, 09:12:48 AM
Gotta say it's creepy.  I've seen this age progrssion thing done before with other celebs who died young: Marilyn Monroe, Elvis...  Still creepy.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Kiara on June 29, 2011, 09:33:37 AM
Oy.  I was going to start getting Newsweek again....don't think I will now.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: jimithing on June 29, 2011, 10:47:37 AM
I think it's weird and in poor taste. And really, she doesn't look all that different on the cover than when she died. I'm not sure what they were trying to prove.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Sharnita on June 29, 2011, 10:50:54 AM
feeling a bit smug because I canceled the magazine over some concerns about their professinalism a few years ago.  I can't believe they stooped to this level though.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Hillia on June 29, 2011, 10:52:09 AM
I read that the woman who put together the cover also had a mock up of what Diana's FB page might look like...she was friended with Camilla and Prince Charles had 'liked' that.

Just creepy and distasteful all around.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Red1979 on June 29, 2011, 11:04:23 AM
You know with all the *actual* news in the world, Newsweek felt the need to make up some.  Seriously, what is the point of this story?  Not only is it disrespectful to Diana's family, but its pointless.  It's not in any way, shape or form "news".

Even fashion magazines and entertainment rags don't stoop this low.  They really should be ashamed.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Cz. Burrito on June 29, 2011, 11:19:03 AM
Extraordinarily tasteless.   :o :o
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Giggity on June 29, 2011, 11:21:20 AM
Number one, the concept is repugnant.

Number two, the article is heinously poorly written.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: ydpubs on June 29, 2011, 11:49:49 AM
Yeow. What on Earth was the editor thinking? Tacky and foolish. Are they trying to put the magazine out of business? I can't imagine the rest of it is any good if this is the cover story.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: KittyBass on June 29, 2011, 12:18:03 PM
Very tacky and creepy indeed.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: atirial on June 29, 2011, 03:16:23 PM
Completely tasteless.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Amava on June 29, 2011, 03:24:31 PM
I just have one question for the editor: what were you thinking?

This will sell!  We have to stay in business, people will like it!

I was never a big Diana fan either, but leave her alone.

Yeah, they were thinking: this will get us talked about, all over the internet!!!

They were right.   :-\
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: gramma dishes on June 29, 2011, 03:31:18 PM
Extraordinarily tasteless.   :o :o

Succinct.  Correct.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: LEMon on June 29, 2011, 06:50:18 PM
Not impressed.  Isn't Newsweek supposed to be about the news of the week, not trying to find something sensational to get peoples' attention?  In my view there are plenty of the second sort out there.  I want more of the first sort.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: KenveeB on June 29, 2011, 07:19:08 PM
A brief "Diana would be 50 now, what would she be like" wouldn't have offended me, but this is just so far beyond tasteless I can't put it into words.  I can't imagine poor William and Harry's reactions to this. :(  Didn't the media hound her enough when she was still alive?!
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Black Delphinium on June 29, 2011, 07:28:17 PM
Not really related, but there is also a new novel out about a Princess who survived a "supposedly" fatal accident and now lives in middle America under an assumed name with a mundane life, friends and lover, but who is haunted by the secret of her identity... ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: guihong on June 29, 2011, 08:13:18 PM
Marilyn Monroe doesn't have children who would have to see "their mom at 85"-type articles (hard to believe, isn't it?).  I cringe when they do Elvis, Diana, or Jayne Mansfield, all of whom have grown children who experienced their deaths at a young age.

In other words, what GrammaDishes and CzarinaBurrito said.  Tasteless.

gui
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Wonderflonium on June 29, 2011, 08:22:06 PM
Marilyn Monroe doesn't have children who would have to see "their mom at 85"-type articles (hard to believe, isn't it?).  I cringe when they do Elvis, Diana, or Jayne Mansfield, all of whom have grown children who experienced their deaths at a young age.

I'd be livid if I saw them do this to Jayne Mansfield, and not just because of my giant girl crush on Mariska Hargitay. Three of her kids were IN THE BACK SEAT when she died. Can we just leave her in peace?!
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: johelenc1 on June 29, 2011, 11:41:28 PM
My first thought was that it was incredibly insensitive to the family.  I wouldn't have a problem with a doctored photo inside the magazine maybe in a split screen.  But, on the cover so that it looks like Diana and Kate are walking together...what a heartbreaking image for William and Harry.  I actually thought about writing to Newsweek to complain.

I really hope William and Harry never see this issue.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: baglady on June 30, 2011, 05:55:28 PM
One thing I'm betting: If Diana were alive today, she would not be wearing that ridiculous dinner plate of a hat!

Methinks the editors saw their sales skyrocket during the Will & Kate hoopla and were reminded that, oh, yeah pretty royals on the cover sell magazines. Hey, we can do Diana's 50th birthday ... 30th anniversary of the Chuck & Di nuptials ... when does Wills turn 30 again?

A story inside the mag to mark the occasion, sans cover, sans creepy Photoshopping, might not have been so bad. This is just ewww...

Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: MrsJWine on June 30, 2011, 06:00:24 PM
Unbelievably tacky.  I have a hard time believing this was an innocent misstep.  It seems more like a publicity stunt to me to try to drum up sales.

I am really, really curious about next issue's letters to the editor (does Newsweek do that?).  You can bet they'll get a LOT.  I wonder if they'll print them.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Mikayla on June 30, 2011, 06:18:42 PM
Unbelievably tacky.  I have a hard time believing this was an innocent misstep.  It seems more like a publicity stunt to me to try to drum up sales.

I am really, really curious about next issue's letters to the editor (does Newsweek do that?).  You can bet they'll get a LOT.  I wonder if they'll print them.

You got me curious, MrsJWine.  So I went to the story site to see if online comments are printed.  They are, and they pretty much resemble what's being said here.  (I also didn't realize this was Tina Brown...ugh).  Link to story and comments:

http://www.newsweek.com/2011/06/26/what-princess-diana-s-life-might-look-like-now.html
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: jaxsue on July 01, 2011, 12:49:17 PM
Unbelievably tacky.  I have a hard time believing this was an innocent misstep.  It seems more like a publicity stunt to me to try to drum up sales.

I am really, really curious about next issue's letters to the editor (does Newsweek do that?).  You can bet they'll get a LOT.  I wonder if they'll print them.

Per the bolded: ITA. The publishing industry is in the toilet. I should know; I used to be a copy editor for a techie magazine. I've seen the jobs dry up to nothing. Anything that sells a publication will be seen as a positive by the industry. It's just sad that publications that used to be more respectable have lowered their standards so much.  :-\
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: demarco on July 02, 2011, 03:58:18 PM
Heartless, creepy exploitation.  Newsweek has been circling the drain for quite a while.  It's finally gone completely down the drain. 

Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Corvid on July 03, 2011, 11:39:20 AM
Not only is this shockingly tasteless, it is utter drivel.  Princess Di would have a loft in New York?  Princess Di would be tweeting the Dalai Lama?  This goes beyond inane.  Has someone been reading too much Danielle Steele?  And that cover, I have not the words to describe exactly how deeply vile it is.

What a prime example of the pitiful tabloid tendencies of mainstream U.S. media these days.  We could probably power the eastern seaboard with the energy generated from Edward R. Murrow spinning in his grave.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Carnation on July 05, 2011, 08:22:45 AM
One thing I'm betting: If Diana were alive today, she would not be wearing that ridiculous dinner plate of a hat!

Methinks the editors saw their sales skyrocket during the Will & Kate hoopla and were reminded that, oh, yeah pretty royals on the cover sell magazines. Hey, we can do Diana's 50th birthday ... 30th anniversary of the Chuck & Di nuptials ... when does Wills turn 30 again?

A story inside the mag to mark the occasion, sans cover, sans creepy Photoshopping, might not have been so bad. This is just ewww...

You're right about the hat!  I'm betting the dress would also be a no-go.

One of the few advantages of dying young, is that you avoid growing old.

Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Twik on July 06, 2011, 08:29:36 AM
Not only is this shockingly tasteless, it is utter drivel.  Princess Di would have a loft in New York?  Princess Di would be tweeting the Dalai Lama? 

Yes. That is the best that someone, apparently, who is good enough to be a writer for Newsweek, can come up with. Because, really, what higher goals can one aspire to than to have a trendy home, and shallow communications with celebrities? (Not that the Dalai Lama is shallow, but I doubt his philosophy is best communicated through tweets.)

Creating a fantasy of Diana continuing her charity work, and spending long days at it, isn't nearly as much fun.

My mother right now is feeling very depressed. When I asked why, she said she had been watching tv, and was just brought down by the sheer materialism of everyone on it.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: KenveeB on July 06, 2011, 08:43:11 PM
I saw a much better take on this earlier today.  It was "Diana at 50: Her Legacy Lives On" and examining how her different charities and things continued now.  That's the way Di would've preferred to be remembered, I think.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Everlee on July 06, 2011, 10:18:01 PM
This just makes me sad for her boys.  I don't believe anyone, famous or not, would want to see speculations on what their deceased parent would be doing now.  It just seems cruel and unnecessary to me.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Wonderflonium on July 07, 2011, 07:57:16 AM
And the way they put together that picture of Di and Kate... I mean, that had to be like a punch in the gut to the boys, because obviously, that's what they want so badly to be real (ie, their mom being alive) but it's not.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: PeasNCues on July 07, 2011, 08:09:07 AM
The blatant product placement of the pic with her with the IPhone or whatever just makes it so much worse. It's like they're not even being subtle about their manipulation of her image for profit.

Completely tasteless. They should be ashamed and they owe her family an apology.
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: Miss Misha on July 07, 2011, 02:56:05 PM
Extraordinarily tasteless.   :o :o

POD
Title: Re: Newsweek Princess Di cover
Post by: afbluebelle on July 07, 2011, 08:02:36 PM
I saw a much better take on this earlier today.  It was "Diana at 50: Her Legacy Lives On" and examining how her different charities and things continued now.  That's the way Di would've preferred to be remembered, I think.

I fully agree... that picture was just creepy. I know plenty of 50+ year old people, and none of them look that much like a zombie