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The New Republic has managed to royally P.O. Great Britain.
The political magazine’s editors used the face of the Duchess of Cambridge, aka Kate Middleton, on their August cover, giving her a set of yellow, poorly-spaced teeth courtesy of photo editing.
The 30-year-old wife of Prince William is shown in front of a tattered Union Jack alongside the headline: “Something’s Rotten: The Last Days of Britain.”
Inside are several articles about the state of the United Kingdom just prior to the summer Olympics being held there; the issue has sparked a lot of outrage online.
The cover is particularly grating in the U.K. because it’s A) riffing on a stereotype of British dental hygiene, and B) because the Duchess is popular among Royal watchers.
Not to mention that, according to reports, she has had her teeth whitened to achieve a picture-perfect smile.
The New Republic’s snarky Kate cover recalls the time poor Prince Charles was featured as a cartoon with crooked, stained teeth on The Simpsons. In the episode, Lisa Simpson’s orthodontist showed her “The Big Book of British Teeth.”
Tell us: What do you think of the cover?
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