Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, is mad as hell, and she is not going to take it any more. Well, to be honest, I have no idea if she is mad as hell; I can only imagine she is, but it’s clear she is not going to take it anymore!
In news more shocking than the actual topless photos that a French magazine published of Catherine today, St James Palace has announced she is going to sue. The internet and news outlets from around the world are buzzing with news a magazine has published photos of Kate sunbathing topless. The photos, obviously taken with a zoom lens, were shot earlier this month as Kate and her husband, Prince William, vacationed at a private villa in France. While the photos themselves are not outrageous, for me at least, I believe the act of publishing, and even taking them in the first place, has certainly crossed the line. They are rather innocent photos of a young woman and her husband sunbathing at a private residence. At one point Kate removes her bikini top and her husband applies sunscreen to her back. Obviously they had no idea photos were being taken. The magazine, in an attempt to look like they have taken the moral high ground, has also said that they have even more “intimate pictures” that they haven’t published. Call me cynical, but that actually sounds a bit like a threat to me.
All of this leads me to ask: Is there any such thing as privacy anymore? Yes William and Kate are public figures who lead a public life. In fact, as royals they are even on the public payroll. But does this mean the public has a right to see everything about this couple? Because they are “public figures”, have they, in effect, become animals on display at the zoo with no cave in which to hide from prying eyes? Does it mean NOTHING can remain private? Can any industrious photographer with a zoom lens capture on film private moments and sell them to the highest bidder? I can just imagine the dollar signs the photographer must have seen when Kate stood up to remove her bikini top.
I just don’t understand the thinking behind “it’s all fair game” when it comes to the way we view public figures. Whether it’s royalty, movie stars, people who appear on reality TV shows, or even someone who posts a YouTube video, there seems to be a large portion of the public that thinks they have the right to know everything about that person. I don’t understand the thinking that if someone reveals part of their life to the public, the whole kit and kaboodle is up for grabs.
Think about this: Ultimately, if the public didn’t think they had the right to know, there would be no paycheck for the paparazzi and the media that sells the story for profit. We feed the beast.
I guess it all comes down to this question: When does the right to privacy trump the public’s right to know? I would love for you to share your thoughts.
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Patty is a busy Mom of 2 with a background in TV and Film production, and Information Technology. She is a champion of the underdog. She loves good food and to laugh out loud. She still hasn’t decided what she is going to be when she grows up. She’ll let you know when she does. You can reach her at Pattypie@imperfectwomen.com