Magazines worldwide continue to publish topless photos of Kate Middleton. The Irish Daily Star is one such publication which has infuriated the royal family as expected, but unexpectedly has also infuriated the owner of the Irish tabloid. Media mogul Richard Desmond has vowed to close down the newspaper in a move that will cost everyone their jobs.
Editor Michael O’Kane has reportedly already been suspended as the managing editor even after giving a strong defense of press freedoms. His view is that the topless Kate pictures should be treated no differently than any other famous celebrity who is caught by the paparazzi in compromising positions. Kate was, after all, in full view of a public road when she decided to strip half naked in full view of a lucky paparazzi photographer who captures some of the most interesting and provocative celebrity scandal photos in history.
No matter what you feel about invasion of privacy issues, the key question is obvious. why should the Duchess of Cambridge be treated any differently than Lady Ga Ga or Beyonce? The answer lies deep in the history of Great Britain, which has revered its monarchs like demigods since time immemorial. In America we fought a revolution against their tyrannical rule but across the pond things are still upside down. No newspaper in England has dared publish the Kate Middleton topless pics because they are afraid of the remaining power of the royal family.
And that is the real scandal behind these supposedly scandalous pictures of Kate. The Irish Star Daily is the only publication in all of Great Britain to bravely speak truth to power, thanks to the heroic decision of Michael O’Kane. But now they will suffer the consequences because a rich family born to privilege who have never had to work for a living are upset. And these wardens of the public trough are so upset that they are willing to put over one hundred hard working employees at the Irish Daily Star out of work.
Kate Middleton’s lawyer is claiming in court that the photos are “highly intimate” which therefore should make them off limits to the paparazzi. And yet, you can stroll down the beach of any nude public beach in England and see far more intimacy on display. The argument is weak and laughable, implying that the royals are above the public, and yet still the local media cowers.
Curious as to reader thoughts about this explosive controversy.