Newsweek’s cover photo pairing images of the former Kate Middleton, now Duchess Catherine, and the late Princess Diana as if Diana were still alive, isn’t going over big across the pond.
“What inspired the once awesome Tina Brown to become Newsweek’s grave-robber?” demanded a piece in the Telegraph. The column called the image, where Diana’s image has been digitally aged, “ghoulish” and in bad taste.
“This kind of stunt is more suited to a junk-filled tabloid than a serious political magazine, as Newsweek claims to be,” the column continued.
The magazine trumpets “Diana at 50: If She Were Here Now,” by Brown. Its online offerings include this dummy Facebook page, where Diana “friends” Camilla Parker Bowles and her ex, Prince Charles, “likes” the transaction.
So is this unethical or just weird? The invented photojournalism certainly doesn’t purport to be real, which would clearly cross a line. (The AJC has not digitally aged any dead people that I know of. The paper’s photographers take pictures of things that actually occurred. There are times when images are labeled “photo illustration” when that is not the case.)
What do you think of the Newsweek cover? It’s certainly generating a lot of chatter. But is this creative or creepy?