Newsweek has never been in the same league as the celeb weeklies US Weekly, OK!, or even People magazine. It's a news magazine, and you'd think they'd want to be taken seriously. But I guess not, given that the cover of the publication this week features a PhotoShop-ped image that's not only "imagined" (aka false), but also cringe-worthy and inappropriate. To promote editor-in-chief Tina Brown's story, "Diana at 50: If She Were Here Now," the cover features Princess Diana "walking beside" her new daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, aka the Duchess of Cambridge.
Inside, the story speculates about Diana's would-be life in 2011. Brown muses that the Princess would be hangin' with the Middletons, tweeting on her iPhone from Davos (there's even a creepy, unnerving photo of Diana with a superimposed white iPhone 4), and using Botox "strategically."
She would have also been jealous of Kate (because I guess Tina figured throwing something in that was a wee bit Oedipal would get tongues wagging).
How on Earth is this dream of a maniac in any way worthy of being in a publication that aims to print serious journalism? Yes, during the royal wedding, we all thought, either fleetingly or at length, about how it was sad that Diana wasn't there to witness Will's and Kate's "I do"s. Sure, when the anniversary of her death passes every August, we wonder what it would have been like if she hadn't been killed. There's even a controversial documentary about her death called Unlawful Killing, in which the filmmaker asserts there was a conspiracy to hide important facts about Diana and boyfriend Dodi Al-Fayed's deaths in 1997.
But to take Diana's memory and dumb it down to a fictionalized glossy, celeb tabloid-esque cover and story -- befitting of the types of tabloids that hunted Diana throughout her entire public life -- is nothing short of cheap and tacky. Brown may summarize the article by writing, "Diana still lives and is vibrant in his memory. And in ours." But the "sentimental" article accomplishes exactly the opposite of what it intends to -- it's a dishonor and a disservice to Diana, her sons, and anyone who cherished "The People's Princess."
If Brown and Newsweek actually respected Diana, they simply wouldn't have "gone there" with this exploitative cover, photos, and story.
Do you think the cover and story are tacky and exploitative?
Image via Newsweek