Kate Middleton With Rotten Teeth! Brits Angry at Magazine Cover’s “Cheap Shot”
All’s fair in satire and oral hygiene?
The New Republic earned itself some buzz this week by featuring the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, on the cover with her teeth adjusted to look yellow and decayed — in line with U.S. stereotypes about British teeth.
Kate reportedly spent "thousands of pounds" last year to have her teeth polished and perfected, but the Photoshopped image plays off the cover story "Something's Rotten: The Last Days of Britain."
Not everyone appreciates the satire. The Daily Mail of the U.K. quoted some disgruntled posters:
• "Not cool. I am not an imperialist (not even close!), but she seems to be a genuine person. She is young, beautiful, and privileged. Apparently grave sins to many people. Yet I wonder if these are the same critics who keep up on the Kardashians, or whatever flavour of the month Hollywood squirts out. She is a person who did not deserve this low blow. Shame on them. I will wouldn´t even think to read anything from them ever again."
• "The magazine should be sued for libel."
• "What else [can] one expect from a Republican magazine, they probably dislike themselves. Satire or not, it is still very disrespectful."
• "Cheap shot. They know she will remain dignified and not say a word, allowing them to 'get away with it.'"
What do you think? Fair satire or crossing the line?