Monday, July 11, 2011

Royally Tacky Reporting

A fact of life, for our celebrity-obsessed culture:

Everyone (and I mean everyone) will have something embarrassing happen to them in public. They'll discover, in the middle of a presentation to a big-name client, that their fly is unzipped. They'll trip going down the stairs or have their credit card mistakenly rejected. They'll have something green in their teeth or pass gas or pass out.

The nice thing is that, for us regular folk, these unfortunate moments usually go unheralded.

It's too bad we can't say the same when it comes to The Duchess of Cambridge, a woman who has behaved with dignity and class befitting her royal status, and who doesn't deserve to have pictures of her tiny, accidentally exposed derriere plastered on the internet for all the world to see.

And yet, the media has taken this "two or three second" incident (which no one actually noticed and Kate hastily tried to correct) and used it to sell newspapers.

P.S. It turns out the duchess was wearing a thong.

Well, good for her. While I personally prefer to not to run the risk of having a self-inflicted wedgie all day, can you imagine the news headlines if Kate had been walking around on official palace business with her panty lines showing through her skirt? The media would have had a heyday.

This kind of "Gotcha" reporting is despicable. For heaven's sake, she was wearing a perfectly appropriate, modest dress and behaving in a perfectly appropriate, modest way. Just because the wind was in cahoots with her dress to reveal her underthings does not mean the media has to do the same. Let's have a little respect, people. She is not Britney Spears trying to earn another ten seconds of fame by flashing her girly parts to the cameras. She is a lady, behaving like a lady.

And she deserves to be treated like one.


MyDonkeySix said...

Amen. But we've forgotten how to treat a lady like a lady.

Megan B ♥ said...

And yet, in hindsight... the thong was an unfortunate choice that day. Whoooops. Jealous of her tiny derriere. I bet she didn't eat a pint of Haagen Dazs all by herself tonight after Prince William went to bed.