Tabloid Editor’s Defense Of Paper’s Porn Page: They’re “Good Role Models”
3:42 pm, February 8th | by Hillary Reinsberg
Nearly every aspect of the media is being questioned in the U.K.’s Leveson Inquiry, a governmental response to the summer’s phone hacking scandal — which is now inspecting things like sexism and bias at British newspapers. When the editor of The Sun was asked this week what he thinks about the fact that his newspaper publishes photos of naked, large-breasted ladies, he replied frankly: they’re “good role models.”
For those unfamiliar with the world of British tabloids (gosh, who are you?), Page 3 is not like, The New York Post‘s Page Six. Instead, it’s like a page in the paper with photos of butt-naked models flashing their breasts in your face. Since the Leveson Inquiry is looking into how the culture and role of the media, it’s not impossible to understand why the idea of a mini strip club in your newspaper was at least questioned.
In response, editor Dominic Mohan said the paper is not sexist at all, and that the women in the photos are “very healthy.” As we mentioned before, he even called them “role models.”
While we’re not sure everyone would agree that the women are best portrayed as “role models,” Mohan isn’t wrong in saying that they’re healthy, we suppose. The media is constantly criticized for promoting high fashion and runway models who are impossibly thin — or as Mohan might put it, not exactly “healthy.” Look — we’re not saying that voluptuous naked models are the ideal thing to put in your newspaper, but maybe they’re not really the worst either.