“Hard to believe she’s just 16!” The headline that sums up the morality of the Daily Mail

Next time that esteemed family newspaper [/irony] the Daily Mail screams at the permissive society for its outrages against decent family values it will be worth recalling this article and its beyond-parody headline:

Hard to believe she’s just 16! Kendall Jenner looks older than her years as she shows off her model shape in stunning bikini shoot

For those who feel they must, here’s the link. As one of the Mail’s readers, Daisy from Asia, comments with admirable understatement:

Bit worrying that she’s only 16 – who exactly are these photos aimed at?

I’m not sure that question need detain us for long.

To be fair, its perhaps not the most barefacedly hypocritical example of tabloid amorality. There’s also this famous Daily Star spread from 2001, when — at the height of the storm over Chris Morris’s superb Brass Eye special on paedophiles — the Star drew attention to Charlotte Church’s figure… when she was aged 15.


(Image from Chilled Cream wesbite.)

* Stephen Tall is Co-Editor of Liberal Democrat Voice, and editor of the 2013 publication, The Coalition and Beyond: Liberal Reforms for the Decade Ahead. He is also a Research Associate for the liberal think-tank CentreForum and writes at his own site, The Collected Stephen Tall.

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16 Comments

  • Robin McGhee 14th Apr '12 - 7:19pm

    Excellent. Truly excellent.

  • Paul Walter 14th Apr '12 - 8:50pm

    Another comment says:

    “What are we teaching our young girls that education should be pushed aside for a ‘career’ in showbiz? And, said career is wearing a skimpy bikini, striking a few titillating poses and having some old guy breathing down your neck. Mrs Pankhurst is probably rolling around in her grave. ”

    Truly disgusting.

  • Andreas Christodoulou 14th Apr '12 - 10:03pm

    The Daily Mail: Because otherwise, how could you argue against freedom of the press?

  • The daily mail is no better than the sun or star,a 16 year old girl is still a child and should not be exploited,if adults wish to get naked for newspapers that’s their choice but at 16 that should be off limits,anyone with Any decency should be disgusted in this from the mail,hypocrites the lot of them

  • Cllr Colin Strong 15th Apr '12 - 1:03am

    If you want to hear a song about this newspaper……..type in The Daily Mail Song by Dan and Dan on YouTube.

  • Stephen Tall 15th Apr '12 - 10:36am

    @Guido Fawkes
    Yeah, so illiberal Paul. Remind me again how your e-petition to restore capital punishment did?

  • Stuart Mitchell 15th Apr '12 - 10:49am

    If she’s too young to have her photograph taken in bikini, then what on earth are we doing letting girls her age legally get married and have children?

  • The Mail article is very silly – otherwise where is the problem?

  • John Carlisle 15th Apr '12 - 12:34pm

    So, nothing else really significant to write about then? Like the Council elections in just over two weeks, and the excellent flyers that UKIP are putting through the Sheffield doors, or Nick Clegg’s “green and growth” challenge in preparation for Rio?

  • Malcolm Todd 15th Apr '12 - 1:31pm

    @John Carlisle
    Were you forced to read this? Forced to write a comment? Are you so self-righteous virtuous that you never spare a moment of the day for discussing matters of less than the highest import?

  • Malcolm Todd 15th Apr '12 - 1:33pm

    @Guido Fawkes
    How exactly is it illiberal to point out hypocrisy? Have I overlooked the place in Stephen’s article where he calls for the Mail to be censored, or unpleasant leering dirty-old-man journalism to be banned?

  • @Guido Fawkes
    Like your blog where there’s a reminder that “Guido is exclusively in the Daily Star Sunday today”….maybe your non-story “Nick Clegg gets it on transparency” is our punishment after daring to remind you of past glories.

  • Isn’t party policy for the “age of majority” to be reduced to 16 from 18 in any case.

  • LondonLiberal 16th Apr '12 - 1:57pm

    I’ve always wanted to ask you, Guido – what exactly is your problem?

  • @Hywel – surely the point is that the Mail does not agree that 16 , should be the age of majority, except when it suits them.

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