July 9, 2014 by Holly
In other news today, bar the spectacular thrashing of Brazil in the World Cup and Chris Froome crashing out of the Tour de France, the Daily Mail has apologised. Yes, you heard me. Apologised.
I’ll start this post by saying I’m not avert to a bit of gossip myself. I don’t oppose the occassional indulgence, however I do think that you have to take things with a pinch of salt, particularly when it comes to tabloids like the Daily Mail.
If you don’t live in the UK, or are not really into the more gossip-based magazines, then the Daily Mail is a British-based tabloid and is the UK’s second best-selling daily newspaper after The Sun. There have been a number of law suits filed against The Mail over the years, including those led by big names such as J.K Rowling, Alan Sugar and Elton John, but this week’s top story centres around the Hollywood actor, George Clooney. The Daily Mail is controversial at the best of times, and the news on the block today is that Clooney has accused the neswpaper of ‘inciting violence’ and ‘fabrication’.
The actor was referencing an article the Daily Mail released claiming that Clooney’s future mother-in-law was against the marriage of Clooney and Alamuddin and would have instead preferred her daughter to marry into the small Druze sect. Clooney strongly disagreed with the claims and stated that the paper was ‘putting his family and friends “in harm’s way” and potentially “inciting violence” with its “completely fabricated” story”.’
Although I do read a bit of gossip from time to time, it’s not very often and generally flicking through stories that people have chosen to submit. I do however think that tabloids can take stories too far, and also disagree with the fabrication of events, which I can only compare (although not very well) to the exagerration of school rumours – a deeply unpleasant and disconcerting experience for anyone.
Since Clooney’s protestations, the Daily Mail has issued this statement:
“We accept Mr Clooney’s assurance that the story is inaccurate. We have removed the article from our website and will be contacting Mr Clooney’s representatives to discuss giving him the opportunity to set the record straight.”
Whilst I think it’s great that something has been done about the situation, I can’t help but feel like this should happen more often. The Daily Mail has apologised because a popular and admired movie-star has critiqued their performance, and though I appreciate that gossip-based content is key element of profit for the newspaper, it shouldn’t just be big shots that get to make the changes. What about the articles promoting extreme weight loss or the others that invade the privacy of celebrities? I know that the issues of celebrities in the spotlight and choice concerning that is a whole different matter, but I do think that the public should get more of a say. Then again, maybe the public don’t object. Even so, there should be a chance for change regardless of who you are or what you do.