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.