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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: Has the Media Lost All Sense of Compassion?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | December 14, 2012
At the recent premiere of Les Miserables, Anne Hathaway was photographed getting out of her car. One photographer caught her at an unfortunate angle, revealing her private decision not to wear underwear to avoid VPL (visible panty lines).
The photos went viral, and during an interview to promote the movie on the TODAY show, Matt Lauer began the interview with the comment, “We’ve seen a lot of you lately.” Ugh!!! He then went on to address the incident, to which Hathaway responded.
It kind of made me sad on two accounts. One was that I was very sad that we live in an age when someone takes a picture of another person in a vulnerable moment and rather than delete it–and do the decent thing–sells it. And I’m sorry that we live in a culture that commodifies sexuality of unwilling participants (Anne Hathaway).
Hathaway is so right. The decent thing would have been to delete the shot. But I’m sure that the photographer knew he could sell the image for a lot of money, and that was the deciding factor. But were Hathaway’s feelings considered?
It seems that profiting on the misfortunes of others, without any sense of compassion or even remorse, is expected of today’s media. Remember the recent photos of the Duchess of Cambridge sunbathing topless in a private and very remote location? In that case, the photographer used a super-powered zoom lens to get the shot.
Has the media has lost all sense of compassion. And what about society? It’s a supply and demand world we live in, after all–if no one wanted to see the picture, it wouldn’t have been sold.
Ladies, what do you think? Has the media lost all sense of compassion? Has society? Should the photographer have deleted the shot?
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