Newsweek's 'Diana at 50' Cover Stirs Up Controversy...
...and isn't that what they hired Tina Brown
for? The cover for this week's double issue features a photoshopped picture of Princess Diana, aged to imagine what she would have looked like, were she alive, at her upcoming 50th birthday, next to her daughter-in-law, Catherine Middleton. Photoshopping a cover isn't new to Newsweek
, and a newsweekly, making news, sounds like a good plan, but this might not be the response they hoped for. The Atlantic Wire
asks, "How creepy is Princess Diana's ghost on the cover of Newsweek?
" and Fishbowl NY echoes the "creepy" tag
, while New York Magazine
's The Cut wonders if "reverse retouching" is about to become a thing
. CJR thinks there must be a gas leak at the Newsweek office
. The Los Angeles Times
asks, "Shocking, brilliant or just plain cheap?
What do YOU think?Above: Newsweek, July 4 & 11, 2011; Creative Director, Dirk Barnett, Director of Photography, Scott Hall, Photography, R. Mutt Studios (Michael Elins)