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Does Newsweek’s Kate-and-Diana cover creep you out?

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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?

63 comments Add your comment

Andrew Snook

June 29th, 2011
6:15 pm

Awful article and Newsweek should be ashamed for running it – very strange perspective. Invented photojournalism – aka photoshopping and fiction gives journalists an extremely poor name!

Lisa Lilienthal

June 29th, 2011
6:31 pm

SO VERY CREEPY!

Condace

June 29th, 2011
6:47 pm

Definitely creepy.

Roger Allard

June 29th, 2011
7:19 pm

The Newsweek’s cover photoshop of Diana is shameful. I am stopping my subscription. Leave this poor woman alone! She has suffered enough at the hands of the media. This kind of grandstanding does journalism no good. How low can you go?

FFS

June 29th, 2011
7:48 pm

Well, I guess they couldn’t come up with anything else to write about – LMAO! Pathetic, absolutely pathetic…

MJ

June 29th, 2011
7:52 pm

this photo shows her as classy as all her others through the years.

H Rivera Beltran

June 29th, 2011
7:56 pm

Really BAD taste! I believe that the Royal Family deserve an apology from the magazine .

booyah

June 29th, 2011
8:18 pm

This is creepy. And downright low. Let folks rest in peace already!

And the fake facebook is ludicris!

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:20 pm

It is out of place, and disrespectful. To say it is in poor taste is an understatement. I really liked Diana: I want to remember her as she was. I wanted to follow her life, and now, I miss her. This Newsweek piece hurts me, somehow.

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:22 pm

Also, these adventures in Photoshopping need to be more closely supervised.

Cat Lady

June 29th, 2011
8:24 pm

I LOVED IT! 2 of the world’s most elegant and classy women. I just wish it could have been “real”. Diana would have been proud of her son’s choice.

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:25 pm

Considering Facebook’s very low standards, this atrocity has probably found a home.

cc

June 29th, 2011
8:26 pm

I think this is called good idea executed horribly.

I love the idea that they want to remember her on her 50th especially in a way that does not just talk about her tragic death.

However, the cover looks like bad tabloid … at first glance I thought “hmmm National Inquirer has gone to a magazine format.” Plus, the alterations done to her to make her look 50…. were done very sloppy- admit it even if she were alive this cover would have been airbrushed to be more flattering.

Merne Price

June 29th, 2011
8:28 pm

In very poor taste.

susan martin

June 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

sell the rest of your pathetic soul Tina Brown – pathetic – pathetic – pathetic – disgusting – will never read nor believe anything you publish

Shari Freebury

June 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

This whole article is in very poor taste and is indeed, very creepy. I think Tina Brown has gone too far and this issue should be removed from shelves. I stopped buying tabloid magazines the day Diana died. I will certainly not buy Newsweek now. Journalism no longer has any integrity and no longer has any respect from me.

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:30 pm

Bringing the dead back to life in this way is by definition, macabre.

Cameron wilso

June 29th, 2011
8:31 pm

GET OVER IT! Much worse drove her to an early grave but you stI’ll buy thiose crappy tabloids at the super market!

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:46 pm

I don’t understand our American culture anymore; we go from strict Political Correctness to complete insensitivity at will. When it takes place in a national magazine like Newsweek, it’s confusing. And inappropriate.

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:51 pm

I have felt for some time that the Newsweek star is no longer rising; this clinches it.

Prue

June 29th, 2011
8:51 pm

Sick. Very sick. What we should all do is ignore it and not write about it. Treat the article as if it doesn’t exist.

Aman

June 29th, 2011
8:56 pm

Ron in Georgia

June 29th, 2011
8:56 pm

Isn’t there any oversight at Newsweek? Was Tina Brown’s boss on vacation?

violet

June 29th, 2011
8:59 pm

As usual Liberal media POOR TASTE!!

Debra

June 29th, 2011
9:05 pm

Tasteless, crude, insensitive. And motivated by sheer greed. Newsweek makes me sick.

michelle

June 29th, 2011
9:06 pm

Creepy, and in very poor taste. Shows where our country is heading. What happened to values and respect?

Aman

June 29th, 2011
9:23 pm

morons....

June 29th, 2011
9:35 pm

just shows the idiots are in charge. the presumption that they would have a clue as what things would be like were dianna still here is preposterous. some woman from newsweek/people/insert any rag was on the news the other night talking about the cosmetic work dianna would have had done. MORONS….
let the woman rest in peace.

Ms V

June 29th, 2011
9:55 pm

This is a horrible atrocity. Insulting not only to Diana, but to Kate as well. How moronic to pull her into such an irresposible, unprofessional display of journalism. This editor ought to be dismissed and run out of the industry. It’s tabloid tripe to throw on the trash heap.

jess

June 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

Princess Di

June 29th, 2011
10:00 pm

I’m better looking than that beeotch. Pippa’s buttal area though…..mmmmmmm – mmmmmmm :) spank that hard!

Dave

June 29th, 2011
10:17 pm

I finally cancelled my subscription over this one, after more than 20 years. It’s NEWSweek, not PEOPLEWANNABEweek.

Maura Fitz

June 29th, 2011
10:33 pm

Horrible-tasteless. Will not be buying this publication ever again. Newsweek you need a credible editor.

annie

June 29th, 2011
10:43 pm

Entirely inappropriate.

Malcolm X

June 29th, 2011
10:59 pm

Mickey Goldberg

June 29th, 2011
11:24 pm

I was appalled at the July cover, a vulgar photo-shopped picture of the late Princess Diana strolling next to Catherine Middleton, Duchess of Cambridge, as though the pair were out on a carefree shopping spree. The press were the bane of her existence, contributing to her untimely demise; it should not surprise me that they continue to feast on her after death. This photo would be more at home on the cover of a sensationalist rag found at a grocery store check-out line, not the once-prestigious Newsweek.
The sappy accompanying article, adoringly recounting the pitch-perfect posthumous choices dear Diana would probably have made- had she lived- inspires nothing more from this reader than a longing for the genuine, very human and flawed soul that has departed us. She gave so much, with so little in return; surely she deserves better than this self-indulgent palaver (saucy tweets, trendy friends, flirty pokes).
Why not take the six pages wasted on this mind-numbing chatter, and fill it with informative updates on the many causes Diana espoused? That would indeed have been a tribute worthy a fallen Princess.

steve

June 29th, 2011
11:28 pm

The biggest insult is thinking that if she were still alive, that circumstances/fate/whatever would have still resulted in her son marrying that woman on that day. oh, and Newsweek has sucked for quite some time now.

Jennifer Brett

June 29th, 2011
11:51 pm

Dear Mickey Goldberg:

All superb points. Thank you for your thoughtful post.

Jennifer

AK

June 30th, 2011
12:47 am

Yuck! Now that is creepy! Very disrespectful of Newsweek. Newsweek has always printed the news in the past.

Ron in Georgia

June 30th, 2011
12:57 am

good post, Mickey Goldberg. Thanks.

Ron in Georgia

June 30th, 2011
1:58 am

just tried to go to comments section of newsweek…wouldn’t let me.

rebaducote

June 30th, 2011
5:13 am

Although the late Princess Diana did look rather stunning for a dead woman, many news sources are wondering if it was in poor taste for the magazine to superimpose the deceased Princess Di. http://bit.ly/lec5YT

JJ

June 30th, 2011
6:02 am

Desperate old liberal rag!

anniegolfs

June 30th, 2011
6:28 am

Beyond tasteless and tacky….this is just plain awful.

Milk Chocolate

June 30th, 2011
7:20 am

Shameful and tacky. And the FB page is utterly reprehensible and presumptous. I’d hope the royals take some kind of action against Newsweek for this. Unless of course they ok’d it ^_^.

whiteboy

June 30th, 2011
8:00 am

It’s not a big deal…really!

what?

June 30th, 2011
8:23 am

Get a life people. The article doesn’t claim Diana’s still alive.

PJ

June 30th, 2011
8:27 am

All the words I can think of to describe this have already been said — creepy, tasteless, shameful, tacky, low, disrespectful. I guess we should have expected this kind of thing when Tina Brown took over as editor, but it’s very disheartening to see one of America’s longest running news magazines (that I subscribed to for many years) reduced to a cheap tabloid. Since when is Tina Brown’s twisted imagination news worthy of a cover story? I’m reminded of a line from Michael Keaton’s character in “Live from Baghdad” when an Iraqi government handler had staged a crowd on the street for him to interview — “We’re journalists! We don’t make up the news!” Of course, Tina Brown has never been called a journalist. Shame on Newsweek publishers for giving her control of the magazine.

Jacqueline C.

June 30th, 2011
8:37 am

OMG-Where do I begin on how awful an idea this was to do?!So very disrespectful,especially the “friending”of Charles &Camilla,he did cheat on her w/that woman,after all.This is the most irresponsible journalistic act I’ve seen.Is nothing sacred?Let the family have the peace of at least an apology,retraction,something.Whatever the intent,this was a misguided,tasteless thing to do.Now I know why I subscribed to Time!UGH!I feel sorry for whoever thought this was a good idea…SMH.

RT

June 30th, 2011
9:01 am

We are in two wars. The worldwide economy is in the tank. Is this really what people are worried about? Let’s MOVE on!