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Newsweek‘s Exploitative Lady Di Cover

Had she lived, Diana would have turned 50 this month, and Tina Brown is cashing in on the birthday girl by imagining what her life might have been like had she lived.

The most jarring aspect of the story isn’t Brown’s speculations on who Diana might have slept with, feuded with, and sued, but the photoshopped images of the Princess, meant to depict what she woud have looked like at 50. The cover of Newsweek features one such image if Di, strolling alongside the daughter-in-law she never got to meet. The awkwardly ‘shopped image of Diana gives her an unreal, almost zombie-esque quality – hardly the sort of birthday homage fans would like to see.

The Ministry of Gossip blog over at the LA Times is running a poll to gauge reader’s reactions. So far, over 40% of respondents have said they found the cover “horribly offensive,” while only 9.65% say they love it.

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