Magazine Cover Of Kate Middleton With Rotten Teeth Sparks Outrage

Kate Middleton is admired around the globe for her beauty and elegance, so Britons aren’t taking kindly to the July 12, 2012 cover of the U.S.-based New Republic magazine that features their beloved Duchess with yellowed, decaying teeth.

The unflatteringly retouched photo superimposes the 30-year-old onto a frayed Union Jack along with the headline, “Something’s Rotten. The Last Days of Britain.” The special issue, published in the run up to the London Olympics, contains a number of articles on England’s decline, including a critique of British soccer.

Reactions from across the pond have ranged from anger over Catherine’s ugly image to disgust with Americans’ stereotype of the English as all having brown, crooked teeth. A Mirror reader wrote: “Now how would Americans like it if our political magazines featured obese burger-munching Americans on its front cover? They’d be the first to complain.”


However, not everyone is taking offense. “I prefer the photo shopped picture, it makes her look like a ‘normal British person,'”
wrote another Mirror reader. “Remember us? We are the ones that really have teeth like that whilst our tax pays for the likes of her to have perfect teeth.”

The Daily Mail reports that Middleton did have her teeth straightened and whitened by orthodontist Dr. Didier Fillion before her 2011 wedding to Prince William. Treatments can cost as much as $15,000. It’s speculated that she wore hidden braces that closed a gap behind her two front teeth. The image isn’t enough to turn off diehard Duchess fans, though. “It’s satire, get over it! I for one think she still looks lovely with rotten teeth,” wrote one reader of the  Mail.

So, what do you think of Kate Middleton’s “makeover”? Is it too offensive, or can you easily shrug it off as satire?

Source: Yahoo News

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U.S. Marines Urinating on Corpses Committed ‘Potential War Crime’

A number of websites including TMZ and YouTube posted a video Wednesday showing four men dressed in U.S. Marine Corps combat gear urinating on the apparently dead bodies of three men sprawled on the ground in front of them. It was not clear who shot or posted the 39-second video, who the people pictured in it were, or where it was shot.

A senior Marine Corps official who has examined the video said the Marines are carrying 30-caliber sniper rifles and wearing helmets issued to members of Marine Corps sniper teams. The helmets are designed with a shorter front and sides so that snipers can place rifles and scopes near their faces. The official, who said an investigating officer was expected to be named shortly, added that the desecration of a body by U.S. troops could be considered a potential war crime.

“Regardless of the circumstances or who is in the video, this is egregious, disgusting behavior,” said Department of Defense spokesman Capt. John Kirby. “It’s hideous. It turned my stomach.”

In a statement, the Washington-based Council on American-Islamic Relations condemned the video. “If verified as authentic, the video shows behavior that is totally unbecoming of American military personnel and that could ultimately endanger other soldiers and civilians,” wrote CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in a letter to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. “Any guilty parties must be punished to the full extent allowed by the Uniform Code of Military Justice and by relevant American laws.”

 

Source: CNN

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