Being born into the spotlight of famous parents is tough. Kids of celebrities don’t choose to have their childhoods analyzed by the world and they certainly don’t ask for our opinions. Some celebrity parents do a great job of protecting their children from the media, but it can be hard to control the lengths at which people will go to “get the story.”
Ideally, kids of politicians and heads of state are left out of the spotlight, free to be kids. The left screamed “leave her alone, she’s just a kid!” when images of Malia Obama having fun at a concert made the rounds recently (she’s 19). I think that the idea of leaving children out of it is fair, although 19 and publicly acting a little unhinged is probably fair game.
However, a 4 year old little boy who has no control over his exposure, is a completely different story. Add to that the disgusting nature of the commentary, and I would say this crosses some major boundaries.
4 year old Prince George is certainly in the spotlight and his parents, Prince William and Kate Middleton seem to do a pretty great job controlling the media surrounding him. So when an adorable picture of Prince George recently surfaced, I imagine nobody saw the commentary on his sexuality of the LGBT community that was around the corner.
“An article in PinkNews, speculating that Prince George has become a gay icon, has sparked a formal complaint from a Northern Ireland politician.
The online article was published after the four-year-old prince was photographed with his hands on his face in a helicopter in Germany last month.
Jim Allister, leader of the Traditional Unionist Voice (TUV) party, described the article as “outrageous and sick”.
He has written to PinkNews demanding it withdraw the article and apologise.
However, the chief executive of PinkNews, Benjamin Cohen, told BBC News NI he had “no intention” of removing the article at the behest of a politician who opposed the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people.
He defended the feature, saying it was a “tongue-in-cheek” piece, based on the comments of “hundreds” of social media users.
Mr Cohen added that as a gay man, he was personally offended by some of the “repugnant” remarks contained in Mr Allister’s letter of complaint.
The PinkNews website describes itself as the “premier LGBT news outlet in the UK and beyond”.
The original article, by Josh Jackman, was published on 25 July with the headline: People think Prince George looks fabulous in this new photo.
It was a commentary on social media users’ reaction to one of a series of press photos of the young prince exploring a helicopter during a family tour of an aviation factory.
Mr Jackman wrote: “Prince George has become a gay icon overnight.”
“The monarch-to-be has always been cute and well-dressed, but one day before his fourth birthday, a photo of him excitedly holding his face changed everything.
“At least, that’s what the people – sorry, his subjects – are saying.”
In his complaint, Mr Allister told PinkNews: “Sexualising a young child in this fashion is entirely inappropriate.
“In reality, the photo which prompted the piece shows a four-year-old boy who is smartly dressed and excited about being on a helicopter with his male father and female mother.
‘To take an image of a little boy and to fantasise of him being an icon for a life defined by sex is outrageous and sick.’ “
Were someone to write an article sexualizing my child I would be on the warpath. It is way out of bounds, crossing a very clear line. It is absolutely sickening that a news outlet would promote the idea that the 4 year old Prince is gay, much less a “gay icon.”
Sexualizing a 4 year old child is downright perverse. I applaud Mr. Allister for calling them out on their completely inappropriate “analysis” of Prince George.
Let the kid be a kid and show some respect for goodness sakes!
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