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The News Corp CEO and chairman weighed in on the controversy surrounding topless models that feature on Page 3 of the company’s top U.K. tabloid The Sun. After indications last week that The Sun would do away with glamor shots of women, the newspaper brought them back in what many media commentators are calling a prank that backfired badly.
The Sun, the U.K.’s biggest newspaper in terms of circulation, has been publishing photos of topless women on Page 3 since 1970, despite consistent criticism that the pictures were a misogynistic anachronism. The Irish edition of The Sun axed topless pictures in 2013.
Murdoch, however, felt the controversy was “much fuss” over nothing and that only the “horrible elites” were against topless women on Page 3. The media magnate then reiterated that The Sun “will always have great looking women” as well as men. Unsurprisingly the tweet set off a storm of protest on social media.
Much fuss and publicity in UK as horrible elites yak on about Page 3. Worry not, The Sun will always have great looking women – and men!
— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 24, 2015
— Lisa Clarke (@LisaLouClarkey) January 24, 2015
— Judge (@judgles) January 24, 2015
Wow. What a world where billionaire @rupertmurdoch gets to call people asking for the removal of the vile page 3, “elite.” What a douche.
— John Amaechi OBE (@JohnAmaechi) January 24, 2015
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