June 28th, 2011

Tina Brown channels Princess Diana

One of the few benefits—perhaps the only benefit—of dying young and beautiful is that no one ever gets to see your looks fade or the effects of gravity on your epidermis.

Princess Diana, for example, died almost fourteen years ago at the age of thirty-six, and if she were alive today she’d be approaching her 50th birthday in just a couple of days. But Tina Brown of Newsweek won’t let her rest in peace and the remembered glow of youth. In an incredibly tacky and positively bizarre move, Brown has age-advanced Diana, like those lost kids on the milk cartons. Not only that, she’s shown Diana next to her future daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton, and imagined a life for Diana in the present:

The Newsweek feature also fantasizes about Diana’s Facebook page, imagining her “liking” the movie “The King’s Speech” and TV series “The Real Housewives of New York”, hanging out with David and Victoria Beckham, and sending supportive messages to spiritual physician Deepak Chopra and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei…She also speculates that Diana would have been a defender against royal snobbery of Middleton’s non-aristocratic upbringing “and ostentatiously made Carole Middleton, Kate’s dynamic mother, her new BFF.”

One would have thought that Newsweek could not have descended lower than it already had in the business of delivering news. But with Ms. Brown at the helm, it seems as though there are greater depths to achieve than heretofore thought possible.

19 Responses to “Tina Brown channels Princess Diana”

  1. rickl Says:

    Clearly, the word “news” no longer means what I thought it meant.

  2. Occam's Beard Says:

    If Newsweek were a racehorse, it would be led into the infield and shot.

  3. Jim Sullivan Says:

    This is a prank right? Its really The Onion, right? Has to be…

  4. vanderleun Says:

    That’s one of the most depraved magazine moves I’ve seen in a long time. But then Brown always was depraved in her professional life so it fits right in.

    I’m for slapping that age morphing software onto Brown and setting the dial for, oh, 112 years old.

  5. Libby Says:

    This is just tasteless.

  6. waltj Says:

    How the mighty have fallen. With dreck like this, it’s easy to see why Newsweek is no longer taken seriously as a respectable journal of current affairs and why its sales have gone down the gurgler.

    Princess Diana had enough drama in her life. Let her rest in peace.

  7. RagnarD Says:

    Absolutely no surprises here.

    The entire nation has sunk into the abyss.

    Liberal. Conservative. Libertarians. MSM. New Media.

    All of it.

  8. denise Says:

    Sorry folks, but Newsweek’s been turning itself into an entertainment rag for the past 30 years. Tina’s just letting it get deeply in touch with it’s inner emptiness. Entertainment, that is the creation and celebration of a fictional world, is the one industry the US still dominates.

    What she’s doing now isn’t even news, it’s just amazingly tasteless speculation and conjecture.

  9. Simon Says:

    I am confused as to why they thought she would have aged 40 years in just 14 years. And why she would look like a zombie. Perhaps they used an intern for the Photoshop work.

  10. Francesca Says:

    Spooky.

  11. Gringo Says:

    Why did I stop reading Newsweek?
    Why will I not resume reading Newsweek>

    Let me count the ways.

    IIRC, The late Mr. Moneybags, whatever his name was, the one married to a Democratic Party Congresscritter, bought Newsweek from the WaPo owners for the grand sum of $1.00. One dollar.
    This is evidence he was gypped.

  12. newton Says:

    Ugh! That was one tasteless $#!%%y job Newsweek did on poor Diana!

    But let’s all face one thing: if Diana were alive today, she’d be BFF with her daughter-in-law (and her mother) right now. She’d call her “her daughter”, for cryin’ out loud!

  13. RandomThoughts Says:

    That is ghoulish taken to a whole new level.

    It’s been at least two decades since I’ve bothered to read Newsweek; clearly the magazine hasn’t improved in that time.

  14. CV Says:

    Well this is just creepy. Blecch.

    I actually feel sorry for Princess Kate…that’s got to be the worst in the avalanche of (mostly flattering) images related to her marriage that are out there right now.

    And who among us wouldn’t want the anniversary of our death to be memorialized by being photoshopped onto the cover of a (formerly) great US magazine–covered with wrinkles!

    I can tell you one thing, if she were alive today Diana would not be un-Botoxed, that’s for sure.

  15. Trimegistus Says:

    The liberal descent into a pure fantasy world goes on.

  16. grackle Says:

    The Left has a fascination with the morbid and the pathological. It permeates their art, literature and philosophies. At the bottom of it all is a sublimated self-loathing which they project into every aspect of their existence(and ours if we let them). It is characterized by a preoccupation with the control of others, even down to irrelevant details(nanny-state).

  17. br549 Says:

    Boy, circulation must really suck.

  18. Amy Says:

    The 50-year-old Diana looks a lot like the 57-year-old Tina Brown, only about 20 years older.

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