Her View: Royally Exposed
20 Sep, 2012
Written by all three founders
There is a new Royal scandal. A photographer got a sneak peek of a private sunbathing moment. Kate was sunbathing topless. Her husband, William beside her. The pictures were taken at a private Chateau. Kate and William thought they were in private.
About a month ago, Prince Harry was photographed nude. He was in Vegas having an ‘after hours’ strip billiards party in his room. One of his guests had a cell phone with a camera.
We’re not going to link the photos, but you can Google them pretty easy if you’re wanting to see what we’re talking about.
Just tonight video of Kate on the runway and her dress flying up to expose her tush. Ooops! (I’ll post this one because wind happens. And she’s in public – with no expectation of privacy.) (source)
The photos bring up all kinds of topics. That’s what we’re talking about this week. We want to know what you think!!
Put your clothes on!
It has to be said.
If you don’t want pictures of yourself naked, put your clothes on. Let Kate and Harry’s bits and pieces being shown all over the internet be a warning to you. Keep. Your. Clothes. On.
I lived in Miami. The pool deck at our condo was a topless one. My husband’s friends were snapping shots of girls on the pool deck with their old film point-and-shoot cameras. Sorry to my sunbathing neighbors. There are pictures of you on some nerdy guys’ cameras. You should consider yourself lucky. That was before cell phone cameras and before Facebook and Twitter could spread naked pictures all over the world in seconds.
I’ve been young, thin and dumb. Trust me. My photos were also before one click could share them all over.
Put your clothes on.
Now, let me rant a bit from my ‘other life’. Before I became a mom, I was a news producer in “The Media.” In my mom circles ‘The Media’ is said with disgust and disdain. I get it.
There are a lot of things wrong with ‘The Media’. One of those things are the paparazzi. I hate “Info-taimnet” (the stuff that 24-hour news stations air to fill-in because there isn’t 24 hours of news every day.) But I also hate that people buy the crap. If no one would buy a magazine of a topless Kate or a bottomless Harry, the printer wouldn’t print it. The magazine wouldn’t buy the pictures. If the photographer couldn’t sell them, he’d find something at which to aim his camera.
In the US, public figures have a different expectation of privacy. It may be too bad in some cases. But in other cases, I think it is needed. Don’t you want to know if your local Mayor is taking handouts and not acting in the city’s best interest? I would.
As far as celebrity goes, they are sending out report after report and ‘leaking’ picture after picture when they do something good. So, when they do something bad, they are also in the news. It goes with the territory.
And now back to the naked truth.
As a society, we need to realize that there is a camera on every corner and on everyone’s phone. If you don’t want it out there, don’t do it.
I just read that one in four teenagers have sent out a naked picture. ONE IN FOUR.
Let the Royal jewels being exposed be a lesson to you! Put your clothes on!
Tabloids. YUCK. Who has time to read trash? I don’t. I could care less if Prince Harry or Kate were exposing their “hoo-has” “girls” or “tushies.” Maybe I’m boring or prude but why on earth would you read those stories anyway? Why can’t the media focus on the positive, the truly amazing stories that touch hearts and change lives? I find stories like Nick Vujicic who was born without arms or legs. He’s spoken all over the world about how he overcomes the struggles of the everyday.
Back to the public eye thing. Hmm, if you’re a public figure like Kate or Harry, have some commonsense. In our age of instant cyberspace gone viral, no private moment is off limits with a camera around. Ugh teenagers and cellphones, I think we’ve all been there at one time or another with, “I can’t believe I did that,” but to have the moment captured, it’s not fair.
It’s not fair in terms of it NEVER, ever going away. But then again being a prince, Oprah, or some other media figure…you should know better.
Back to the naked thing for a sec. There is absolutely nothing wrong with running around FREE if you are 1. On a deserted island and no satellites are roaming around, 2. You and your spouse are the last person on earth. 3….
I am far from a celebrity. Far, FAR from It.
But, I did spend 7 years in the news biz as a TV personality. For that reason, I understand why people in “the public eye” are noticed.
There was an expectation of me to look a certain way, act a certain way, behave a certain way. In fact, I was asked to sign a contract that said I would do all those things, correctly.
(I failed a few times – aka, wearing sweat pants in public, and some mornings not really caring about my hair. Like, at all).
It wasn’t fun to hear negative comments from viewers. ”Leslie, what were you wearing today?” ”Leslie, you need to cut your hair.” ”Leslie, you are controlling. I don’t even know how you have children because you would probably never let your husband have sex with you.” (That guy was weird. I kept the letter). :)
Here’s the thing. Although it was tough to hear negative comments, it’s expected. I put myself out there when I was in TV – I put myself out there with this website. I have to expect to hear negative comments – it’s all part of it.
If I had naked pictures of myself floating around (ireallyhopeidont) then I should expect a consequence. You give up a bit of your privacy when you’re in the public eye. You give up almost ALL of your privacy when you’re a real celebrity.
I’m not saying it’s right, but it’s the way this world seems to work. If you want to run around free-willy-nilly, without anyone noticing you – that should be your right. And it is. But people will probably notice. And there’s a good chance they will take a picture of your naked bum and post it for all the world to see.
Please tell us what you think!!