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TODAY’S HOT TOPIC: Has the Media Lost All Sense of Compassion?

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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26 Comments

  1. keely.lyons

    Posted by keely.lyons on March 23, 2013 at 19:35

    GO ANNE! Yeah, whats the world coming to?

  2. Veritas Beauty

    Posted by Veritas Beauty on March 19, 2013 at 08:29

    It is things like this that make people constantly self-conscious. I truly wish the media would take into consideration the emotional damage they do.

  3. aysiabug

    Posted by aysiabug on February 21, 2013 at 09:46

    The media is a cruel, heartless society of people who have no respect for others. For example, the Newtown, Conn., shooting; people photographing crying relatives of the dead, interviewing (or attempting to) traumatized kids who barely escaped death, it’s literally like they have no compassion whatsoever.. Sad I tell ya.

  4. Em91181223

    Posted by Em91181223 on January 26, 2013 at 18:25

    The photographer should have deleted the photo. It just proves how fallen this world actually is. It is so sad.

  5. horses4ever

    Posted by horses4ever on January 19, 2013 at 11:34

    This is so sad:( Are world is really going down hill.

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Proud2BeMe on January 1, 2013 at 16:01

    That’s horrible! Our world is so messed up. It’s depressing.

  7. Kyrin.Navalu

    Posted by Kyrin.Navalu on December 22, 2012 at 09:36

    That is SO wrong on SO many levels… And the biggest problem is that if the photographer didn’t think he could have sold it for a bunch, he would have done the right thing and deleted it. Instead he knew how twisted and warped this world is and used it to his advantage. And he also hurt Anne Hathaway. He didn’t have any consideration for her and neither did the media!

  8. TaySwiftie13ts

    Posted by TaySwiftie13ts on December 21, 2012 at 17:25

    The world is a crazy and terrible place 🙁

  9. Jesus Loves You

    Posted by Jesus Loves You on December 20, 2012 at 13:18

    Society is compassionless. It horrifies me and makes me wonder why on earth God would still love His sinful creations. Honestly, the world just doesn’t seem worth loving.

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by lclexicamp08 on December 17, 2012 at 13:47

    I can’t believe this. This has to end. If this is what the world has come to, it shouldn’t get any worse. Enough said.

    • cheyartgirl16

      Posted by cheyartgirl16 on December 19, 2012 at 20:50

      ARGH! It really hurts to read that. I love Anne Hathaway and think she is not only an awesome actress, but also (from what I have seen, and I could be wrong) has a lot of self-respect, something not many Hollywood women have. Some people will do anything for money.

  11. Owllover

    Posted by Owllover on December 16, 2012 at 18:55

    that must be aweful what is the world coming too?

  12. Project Inspired

    Posted by JennaBel on December 15, 2012 at 12:57

    It’s really wrong of them to sell that picture. It’s just heartless. People should really consider others’ feelings instead of being selfish. “Do unto others as you would have them do to you…” It’s so sad that society has nearly abandoned that phrase… 🙁

  13. Project Inspired

    Posted by Journalistlove on December 15, 2012 at 11:04

    This is why I hate money!

  14. Paris

    Posted by Paris on December 14, 2012 at 17:54

    People are so freaking rude. That is why so many people are defeated by Hollywood.

  15. vanilla

    Posted by vanilla on December 14, 2012 at 14:53

    That is so awful. I feel terrible for her.

  16. Project Inspired

    Posted by hugsnkisses0706 on December 14, 2012 at 13:30

    yes,yes,and yes! the media and society is soooooo screwed up … its like kids in america now are being breeded as animals instead of God’s creation… no one has morals anymore! its like this world is taken over by soulless empty people! oh no wait- it is!

  17. AllisonGrace

    Posted by AllisonGrace on December 14, 2012 at 12:52

    I adore Anne Hathaway and how she handled the situation. We live in a sad, messed up world.

    • maddiemae

      Posted by maddiemae on February 21, 2013 at 14:51

      I’ve loved Anne since the Princess Diaries!! She’s amazing. I am so proud on how she stood up for herself without being snooty about it. (BTW, she was fantastic in Les Mis! I saw it.)

  18. pinkgodlover

    Posted by pinkgodlover on December 14, 2012 at 12:51

    unfortunately that’s the world we live in and i feel SO sorry for Anne Hathaway =(

  19. HurricaneMurphGirl

    Posted by HurricaneMurphGirl on December 14, 2012 at 08:57

    What I want to know is, why should we care whether or not Anne Hathaway decides to wear undies? I mean, they’re just underwear! And she’s just like any other normal person. If I decided to go out of the house with no underwear on, the media wouldn’t give a hoot! Anne Hathaway has a right to do pretty much whatever she wants(at least in this respect) and she should be able to do it without worrying about being ridiculed or mortified by her her decision…

    Go Anne Hathaway!!!

  20. horselover0509

    Posted by horselover0509 on December 14, 2012 at 08:54

    That is awful! I feel so bad for stars who are in the limelight. LEAVE THEM ALONE!!!

  21. SoulfulGinger

    Posted by SoulfulGinger on December 14, 2012 at 08:50

    Poor Hathaway. The Media is just so cruel now-a-days.

  22. Project Inspired

    Posted by on December 14, 2012 at 08:40

    ewwww! poor hathaway. I really do love her acting in a lot of movies. It bugs me someone would sell a pic of something like that.

  23. MeghanHug99

    Posted by MeghanHug99 on December 14, 2012 at 08:34

    YES! What is wrong with this? i know…they don’t even care. It is what the world is coming to…what a shame. Lord help these people

  24. sarafina218

    Posted by sarafina218 on December 14, 2012 at 07:20

    That’s just messed up. That’s what the world is coming to, and that’s just not right.