Tuesday, September 18, 2012

So, the Queen is naked. Can I get a "Who cares"?

Yesterday morning, when I turned on the BBC news channel, all they were talking about was the publication of Kate’s topless pictures.
Besides the fact that I really couldn’t care less about what Kate Middleton does when she’s on holiday, I once again felt ashamed. So far, the magazines that published the pictures are the “Irish Daily Star”, the French “Closer”, and the Italian “Chi”.
“Chi”, which is usually released on Wednesdays, printed a special edition on Monday. The front page showed some of the incriminated photos under the (extremely original) headline “The Queen is naked”. According to the editor Alfonso Signorini, they published them “to give Kate an element of modernity”, “because the royals are human beings who do not sunbath wearing a burka” (see the English subbed video at the link below for Signorini’s words).

Who could “Chi” possibly belong to? Maybe to the same guy who practically owns the whole country? Yes, “Chi” is part of the Mondadori group, owned by Silvio Berlusconi. The English media indeed talked about a “betrayal” by Berlusconi.
The fact that the pictures were taken in the first place is wrong, of course. A privacy violation which certainly gives the royal couple all the reasons to press charge.
Also the publication is despicable. But after all, the tabloids were just doing their job. That’s what they are supposed to do: supply people with scandals involving famous people.
The thing that disgusts me most is that people actually buy that stuff. If it were for me, those tabloids could starve. And I also don’t like that the English media are making such a big deal about it. I understand their pride and their respect for the Crown, but now they are just exaggerating. I actually feel sorry for Kate, because I can’t even image what her royal relatives will do to her, now that she got caught topless by the paparazzi.
Anyway, if you ask me, as famous and beautiful as Kate is, her bosom still doesn’t deserve all this noise.  There are other things going on in the world, people. You know, silly things such as wars, riots, various crises. Can you leave those royal breasts alone?

Guardian interview to Alfonso Signorini, editor of "Chi" magazine: http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/video/2012/sep/17/chi-editor-royal-topless-pictures-video