So this week’s Newsweek cover is a composite of what the late Princess Diana—who would be 50—would look like strolling through London with her daughter-in-law, Kate Middleton. The article that goes with it is a Photoshop of Horrors gallery of “what would she look like today?” mock-ups. Today’s reader poll on CNN.com asks “Is Newsweek’s Princess Diana cover in bad taste?” and almost 75% of respondents say yes. Personally, I despise it, not so much because it’s tacky—although Maude knows, it is—but because I’m so fucking sick of Tina Brown wanking about the British royal family in what used to be a good and respected American newsweekly. The painfully unnecessary and frivolous Allison Pearson cover story about Kate before the wedding was bad enough, but zombie Princess Di? Come the fuck on.
Our own Michelle Dean has penned a gloriously sharp (and funny) critique of the Newsweek edition for the Awl: “Tina Brown, Fanfiction and Princess Diana: Nine Observations.” Please read and enjoy.