Why You Shouldn't Have Looked at Harry's Photos

It's time to put principle ahead of titillation: Slate blogger
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2012 12:16 PM CDT
Britain's Prince Harry watches track cycling during the 2012 Summer Olympics.   (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

(Newser) Slate blogger Alyssa Rosenberg wishes she had never clicked on those clothing-challenged Prince Harry photos, and not for the reason you might expect. It's nothing against Harry, but rather latent guilt about invading his privacy. He may have a better relationship with the paparazzi than his mom, but the difference today is that it's not just the paparazzi wielding cameras. It's any pseudo-friend with a smart phone looking to make a quick buck.

Sure, it may be tough to summon sympathy for a rich, young, playboy prince, but something bigger is at stake here. There's no hope of stopping photos like these from surfacing, meaning the only solution is to resist temptation yourself. "It's simple to cluck about invasions of privacy—and a lot more difficult to accept that honoring those principles would mean actually giving up something that's guilty, judgey fun," writes Rosenberg. "I shouldn't have clicked." Read her full piece here. (Or, if you're not buying it, you can get to the photos from here.)

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