Newsweek's Doctored Di Cover 'Creepy,' 'Crude'
Magazine imagines Di at 50; Internet does not approve
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 8:53 AM CDT
Updated Jun 29, 2011 10:36 AM CDT
In this magazine cover image released by Newsweek, a computer-generated image of Princess Diana is shown with Kate Middleton on the cover of the July 4, 2011 issue of Newsweek magazine.   (AP Photo/Newsweek)

(Newser) – Not exactly what you'd expect from the pre-Tina Brown Newsweek: A Photoshopped Princess Diana strolls on the cover with daughter-in-law Kate Middleton, as the magazine imagines what Di would be like today, at age 50. (Brown speculates that she'd still be "great-looking," with the help of some Botox, would have had at least two re-marriages, and would, of course, have 10 million Twitter followers.) Not surprisingly, reaction to the doctored cover has not been great. Some headlines:

  • The Atlantic Wire: "How Creepy Is Princess Diana's Ghost on the Cover of Newsweek?"
  • New York magazine's Daily Intel blog: "Newsweek, a Leading Weekly Journal of Fan Fiction, Checks In With Princess Diana at 50"
  • Jezebel: "Undead Princess Diana Strolls With Kate Middleton On Ridiculous Newsweek Cover"
  • The Frisky: "Is This Princess Diana and Kate Middleton Newsweek Cover Tasteless?"
  • Mediaite: "Newsweek's Princess Diana Cover: Not Quite Right"
  • E!: "Bad Taste Alert: Princess Diana & Kate Middleton Share Creepiest Magazine Cover Ever!"
  • The Stir: "Newsweek Goes Tabloid With Crude Princess Diana Cover"
  • People: "Princess Diana Digitally Altered to Look 50: Is it Disrespectful?"
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Jul 16, 2011 12:12 PM CDT
Let sleeping phonies lie...
Jun 29, 2011 8:58 PM CDT
Does anyone remember when Spewsweek was actually a respected publication? About 30 years ago? This was the shark-jumping moment. Either they will be belly-up, or if they might try to rename themselves WeeklyWorldNewsweek and just compete directly with the tabloids.
Jun 29, 2011 4:49 PM CDT
Even the internet does not approve.