Newsweek ages Diana to 50 in ultimate photoshop disaster

diana50.jpeg It is "rather jarring," writes Matt Donnelly of the LA Times.


    1. Is anyone else absolutely sick of hearing about Diana? You’d think she invented sunshine according to all the BS they print about her.

  1. Isn’t like, the only good thing about dying young the fact that you won’t grow old? Onya, Newsweek…

  2. Well, in all fairness, they coulda dug up her corpse and put that on the cover.
    Just sayin’.

  3. I look forward to a “Newsweek at 100” feature in 22 years, imagining what the magazine would’ve looked like, had it survived beyond 2012.

  4. Whomever thought for a millisecond, let alone approved the cover, should be beaten with a mackerel. A right sound fishy thrashing, I say.

  5. I just heard mention of this a couple hours ago. But… HOLY CRAP!! Is that the actual cover they’re going to publish and put on news stands all around the planet??

    I’m not educated in graphic design, and normally I don’t even notice Photoshop disasters until they are pointed out to me. But OMFG… This has got to be the ugliest, creepiest, most disrespectful thing I have ever seen on a magazine cover.

    Are people really as undiscerning as this? Kind of makes me wish that asteroid the other day had found it’s mark. *sigh*

    1. Jake0748: I’m also stunned by the bland ugliness of that cover, but even more disturbed to see this speculative morphibation on the cover of a magazine with the word NEWS in its title. This is such a BS People magazine thing to even run with. I know Newsweekâ„¢ is no stranger to conflict of interest, accuracy and agenda issues, but this seems too fluffy and desperate even for them. And Ugly! Layout-wise, I mean. The illustration of Diana herself is really not that bad, just the concept and design of it…

    1. I think Zombies was the first thing we were thinking.

      Maybe Zombie Royals vs. Nazi Royals? Hello Hollywood paycheck!!

  6. This seems more like some kind of disturbing art work… dead celebrities and what they might be doing now if they were still alive and appropriately aged.

    Actually, those might yield some interesting pictures.

  7. And BTW, why did they have to put that complicated-looking frisbee/dinner plate on her head? Wassup with that?

    And sorry if this is a double post. Lately I can’t tell if something has gone through or not. Browser just hangs. :P

  8. Diana would look great at 50, nothing like what they are disrespectfully showing us.

    And Jake0748? It ain’t the browser or your system. I have a quad core, 64 bit computer running at 3.9 gHtz with a 25 mbps cable connection, and it takes forever for anything to happen with Boing Boing. Everything about Boing Boing hangs like that. Everything. I have left with disgust on several occasions. I just don’t have the time to hang around and wait for their servers.

    1. Just imagine if it were your job.

      Also, if it just sits there, refresh the page and resubmit. It should keep your comment intact through the refresh. If it doesn’t, you should still be able to go back and retrieve it. But, yeah, it’s really bad lately.

    1. You know… for once, you’re not getting the point. The poor woman died some years ago. A lot of people liked her, some of us didn’t care that much. But her life was ultimately tragic (I mean, look who she married), and she died in some stupid fucking car wreck.

      At this point, does it matter what kind of designer clothes she was wearing? Come on, be a mensch.

      1. Dude, it was 14 years ago. Too Soon is officially over. SNL was doing Elvis jokes before he was cold.

        1. Ok Dude. I get that too soon was over many years ago.
          Diana = Elvis, ok, if you think so.

          I guess what I really wanted to say is that magazine cover, to me, appears crude, exploitative, pandering, mean, unnecessary and vindictive. I’m not a fan of the British Monarchy or was I a fan of Diana’s. And sure, it’s fair game to make fun of her and her death.
          But I don’t see the correlation between her and Elvis. Elvis was a guy who sought out the spotlight from the beginning. Can the same be said of Diana? I am asking this seriously, not trying to be glib.

          1. Elvis was a guy who sought out the spotlight from the beginning. Can the same be said of Diana?

            Hell, yes. She exploited the press when it was to her advantage and trashed them when it wasn’t.

            She wasn’t Ellie Mae Clampett before she married the PoW. She grew up next door to the royals and played with Andrew and Edward when they were children. Her sister dated Charles before she did. The Queen is her brother’s godmother. She knew exactly what she was getting into.

          2. Of course she didn’t like the spotlight, that’s why she spent most of her married life in the spotlight. Oh, wait.

            Of course she liked the spotlight, that’s WHY she’s so ‘loved’ by the idiot masses. If you;re a celebrity and you don;t want to be in the spotlight, then you’re not in the spotlight. Sure you’ll get the odd bikini shot when you’re on holiday, but generally it’s that celebrities PR firm that’s called the paps.

            Unless you’re cheating on your royal husband and trying to run away from the paps that is – that’s just journalism.

      2. She wasn’t poor. She was extremely rich. She was a princess! And all evidence connected to her death points to her and her paramour egging on the driver of the car they were in to drive faster and faster.

        But in the case of this cover, it’s bizarre more than inappropriate. I cannot imagine any human being on Earth looking at this and saying “Wow! What amazing work! And it makes all the sense in the world!”

        Would make more sense as an “Aphex Twin” album cover if that “Aphex Twin” guy put his face on their faces. MY IDEA! STEAL THAT!

  9. It’s as if someone happened to snap a photo at a tragically perfect time just as a life-sized Princess Diana themed Barbie Doll was hit in the head by a miniature manhole cover. (which was wrapped in a bow for some reason.)

  10. FYI – if you want to know if your co-workers are gay, look for the dark circles under their eyes the day after a royal wedding or funeral. I had my 25th Year Coming Out party the next day and everyone looked half-dead.

    1. I’m going to have to disagree a bit with you here. ‘Near royal’ is like white-water rafting Class Twos in August. Marrying into that family and becoming ‘royal’ was Class Fives in May. Same river but the demands being made on the people in the boat have ratcheted up considerably. At Class 5 even the spectators on the river’s banks are getting damp.

      Class II: (Novice/Beginner) Faster moving water with easily avoided rocks, holes, and waves. Danger to swimmers is still slight but care must be taken.

      Class V:(Expert) All of the characteristics of Class IV with the added danger of being longer and containing more continuous features that may not be avoided. There is serious risk to swimmers and others may be of no help.

      And let me add, I could give a shit. This is just my take on the price of fame and celebrity. Sought by many, however, it is a soul-sucking experience and few are able attain the spotlight and also rise above their addictions.

      1. But her sister didn’t just date Charles, she washed out of contention for the job by giving an ill-advised interview to the press. Diana literally saw her own sister savaged by the media for being herself while dating the Prince of Wales and then went on to do it herself.

        1. I think that might say more about the relationship between the sisters, but I take your point.

          There was this story…that Diana had tried to back out of the wedding and was told by her sister (among others) that she couldn’t back out, it was too late, the invitations had gone out. (This stuck in my mind because I backed out of a wedding, then married him later independent of our parents.) Same sister?

          1. Don’t know. Relationship problems seem as common to the Spencers as to the Royals. I suppose with Barbara Cartland as your step-grandmother, that’s to be expected.

  11. I think she looks great! I mean, wow, that’s big of her to show up and all seeing as she’s dead. Who’s she wearing?

    1. Yes. I’ve been out of the country too long, obviously – I was shocked to see this. I even had to ask my partner if there was another Newsweek (a UK version perhaps?). When did Newsweek become a tabloid?

  12. Can the same be said of Diana? I am asking this seriously, not trying to be glib.

    So you are saying that she married a child of the Queen of England and didn’t know what she was getting into?

    Susan Boyle had fame forced on her. Diana coying became a part of it and it’s hard to swallow that whole “She was just like us!” angle.

    1. No Jack, I’m not saying anything. I’m just asking. Of course she knew that she would become famous and part of the royalty. But did he know that she was marrying a major weirdo, and that she would be constantly hounded? That’s my question.
      She was already a part of the aristocracy. I guess she knew what she was getting in to. But did she really understand how horrible it would be?

      1. But did she really understand how horrible it would be?

        The problem with your question is it can be applied to celebrity and fame in general. Knowing some folks who have flirted with lives in the public sphere I fully appreciate the non-famous life. It’s a soul-sucking experience that really doesn’t help personal growth if you have a fragile persona. And sadly most folks who seek fame have profoundly fragile personas.

        I don’t feel animosity towards the famous, but I could care less about their “pain.” Especially when they seek it out.

        Why is a conversation from the 1980s happening in 2011? Now that is the question.

  13. As I understood it, it wasn’t the press that made her life miserable, it was being married to a man who loved someone else and was too weak-willed at the time to stand up to her mother-in-law.

    But I might have that wrong, I didn’t actually pay a lot of attention to her when she was alive, and not much more afterwards.

  14. To be honest, I don’t understand the uproar over this. My first impression of the cover was that the idea was “wouldn’t it be nice if Diana were around to see Kate Middleton’s marriage”– which strikes me as not so much exploitative as slightly touching.

    Also, that’s a really badly compressed low-resolution image of the cover- it probably looks more professional in print.

    1. Over-compressing and down-sampling is a well-known trick to make photoshop work stand out less. If it looks as bad as it does here, it can only look worse in the original resolution. It’s just badly done – really – and one does question why they felt it necessary to do it in the first place.

    1. Looking at that, I’d say she looks more sixty-something than fifty. I might be kidding myself, but I’m fifty and I don’t look that wrinkled, and I take absolutely no care of my personal appearance whatsoever. I can’t see a pretty thing like Diana ageing quite so badly.

      1. Sharon Stone, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Newton John, Christie Brinkley, Rene Russo, Jamie Lee Curtis…the list goes on. All 50+ women who were beautiful in their youth and still are today. Apparently Newsweek believes Diana would have turned to Meth at some point in the last decade.

  15. The the relevant article has a rather odd opening sentence: “After Diana’s death, nine years after the car crash in the Paris tunnel, I […]”, which made me wonder briefly if the writer had condemned Diana to most of a decade in crippling pain before letting her buy a ticket to Zurich* in 2006, or something.

    *Zurich is where a lot of terminally-ill Brits go to end their lives with Dignitas, as observed by Terry Pratchett a week or two ago.

  16. Please remember, and remind others:
    Diana would probably be alive today if she had worn her seat belt. The only survivor of that crash was, improbably, in the FRONT seat…but, he was also the only one wearing a seat belt.

    I wish more people thought about this. It’s a perfect case study…and sadly, many (in least in my locale) still don’t buckle up.

  17. We did not renew our Newsweek subscription, yet they still send it to the house. The magazine is pathetic.

  18. The best part about this disaster is that it’s a double issue so it’ll be on the newsstands for TWO weeks instead of just one.

  19. I stopped paying for Newsweek more than 2 years ago, but they keep sending it to me. It’s never been worth the trouble to get them to stop. Now? Hmmm…..

  20. Um… I’ll fess up that I have a (gift) subscription to Newsweek, and the cover of this issue is hardly the worst bit.

    Inside, they have mocked up a Diana Facebook page. It shows a status update of Diana accepting a friend request from Camilla Parker-Bowles. And Prince Charles indicates he “Likes” it. What were they thinking? Or what are they smoking? Stop it. That stuff will kill you.

    The “article” keeps going on from there, with sample Twitter updates, various responses to current events, blah blah blah.

    It is all utterly creepy, bizarre, disrespectful. The worst.

    1. I was going to comment on exactly how lousy the article was as well.
      I saw the cover, and thought it was an abomination. This morning I flipped through the article and in addition to the facebook mockup (which I thought was terrible) it has a photo of her sitting in on a charity panel and donating a surprise $50 million to the cause.

      It’s slash/fanfic. I kept waiting for Wesley Crusher to show up.

  21. Unnecessary subject + bad taste + horrible execution = FAIL

    I morn for the trees who died making this issue, and the coal burnt to power the Photoshop using computers.

  22. I don’t think it’s disrespectful, no more so than if she were alive anyway (why do people that no longer exist require more respect anyways? Is dying an achievement now? I’d like my share of respect now please, while I can appreciate it, thanks.), but is bloody terrible.

    That’s enough of a crime in its own right without getting sentimental about it.

  23. Sorry, but I liked it. It needed to be said. We have elevated “do not speak evil of the dead” into some kind of posthumous apotheosis: by dying, a public figure suddenly becomes sacrosanct, a legend. No matter how awful their end was, their every misstep becomes smoothed over, and we’re treated to endless adoring “tributes”. If only….

    Alive, Marilyn Monroe would have become a media joke, hosting a short-lived variety show, a Hollywood Square trying to play catch-up with a newer generation…About the best she could have been was to catch on Warhol/Capote’s coattails and live out her life as a Beautiful Person, uncomfortably watching the younger set have all the fun.

    Kennedy would have never been forgiven for starting the Vietnam War.

    Elvis would have kept on doing what he did: lurching around as a parody of his old self until people got tired of him. (Quick quiz: what’s Chuck Berry doing now? Pat Boone?)

    James Dean? Who knows? As big as Brando? As much a failure?

    John Lennon’s career would have drifted into recovery hell. “I’ve discovered my Higher Power, yeah, me and Ringo..”

    In this light, I believe Brown to have been merciful…

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