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Has the media become too judgemental?

When it comes to fashion at Ascot, there will always be critics in the media who are waiting to name and shame someone.

This year was no exception as Royal-watchers came out in force yesterday to catch a glimpse of the Queen and her family as they enjoyed a day out together at Royal Ascot, but it was princesses Beatrice and Eugenie who caught much of the attention, but for the wrong reason.

The two sisters opted for different looks, but neither seemed to appease the sharp-tongued lashings from the British media and public on social media.

‘While Kate, and Sophie looked chic in elegant summer gowns, Princess Eugenie missed the mark in an unflattering black dress’ according to the Daily Mail.

‘The 27-year-old’s black fit and flare dress, with intricate floral embellishment, did little to flatter her hourglass frame.’

While some loved their look, others branded them dreadful and The Daily Mail even went as far as to call Eugenie “frumpy”.

What are your views? Has the world become too judgemental, especially now with social media? Is it right to try to humiliate someone who wears something you wouldn’t? Or is this freedom of speech and opinion a true reflection of our society today?

Has the media become too judgemental?

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shrew1742
20th Nov 2017
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If it's quiet on the news front a lot of the press these days seem to just make up stories hoping that they will sell more papers. I
stopped buying my daily newspaper years ago because of all the lies being printed. and stories exaggerated beyond reasonable means. I doubt though that my contribution will be missed. If it wasn't for 'legal costs' I am sure more people would sue them for defamation or libel......... But on second thoughts !! A lot of the so called 'celebs' of today look upon any sort of publicity as 'good' publicity.
Kelpie
6th Oct 2017
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The media have always had their favourites.Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie have always been targets, as was their mother.I think it is such a shame to treat two young women to such constant carping.
lizfid3
11th Jul 2017
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Today's journalists are more concerned with voicing their own personal opinions than reporting actual facts. Thy also seem to have a problem with Eugenie and Beatrice. I don't remember ever seeing a positive comment about them. Leave them alone and report the news not spout personal snide remarks with absolutely no relevance.
Puntoman
29th Jun 2017
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I think they have. Back in the day, most journalism was based on interviews and straight forward reporting. Certainly since the 1980's there seems to have been a move towards 'gutter' journalism, stories of gossip and the media being judgemental about people. Adding descriptives to stories about people which are simply quite untrue.
JohnHerb
25th Jun 2017
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I think the media should be as judgemental and difficult as possible in the realms of the law. That's why people/companies etc cannot get away with anything in the UK. The media is so nosy and aggressive it keeps the checks and balances in society.
jeanmark
26th Jun 2017
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Not when that 'judgement' is being cruel about the way someone dresses, what purpose does that serve?

I have had first had first hand experience of the media intruding on ordinary and honest peoples lives just to get a headline. That does not serve the public interest only their readership and certainly does not help check or balance anything in society.
granny 24
23rd Jun 2017
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No wonder there is so much bullying when the media are constantly criticising everyone and everything. Live and let live - each to their own etc etc
Man For All Seasons
23rd Jun 2017
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Social Media in general has grown far less impartial and is responsible the growth in fake news.Recent world and domestic events have provided a platform for irresponsible reporting with scant attention to the facts.
Pickard
23rd Jun 2017
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Forgot to say I was agreeing with anitawilliams, but would also like to say how unkind most of the press comments are when aimed at individuals. I wonder what the reporters would feel like if the comments were made about them.
anitawilliams
23rd Jun 2017
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Today, those who work in media no longer simply report, they seem genuinely to believe that it is their own opinions which are the real and important news. They frequently argue with those they are interviewing, often not allowing them to get a word in edgeways, regardless of the fact that viewers/listeners might welcome the opportunity to hear the latter's views. They also apparently consider themselves to be the arbiters of taste and style - which is both absurd and unethical, when you see the amount of product placement contained in far too many supplements and articles. I've radically reduced my listening, press- reading and viewing time because I find this constant stream of so-called reporters' own views and opinions so irritating. (Rant over!)
Pickard
23rd Jun 2017
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Couldn't have put it better myself.
granny 24
23rd Jun 2017
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manilowfan
24th Jun 2017
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I was about to add my reply to this article when I saw anitawilliams's comments., and felt she had written everything I wanted to say and expressed herself very well. So I am just adding my name to her comments.
sparrer
23rd Jun 2017
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The Media - People who live in glass houses....
TrudyLS
23rd Jun 2017
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The media are supposed to report on the news not give their personal opinions on everyone they feel like attacking or praising. Reporters are just getting really lazy and should get back to doing research on what's happening in the country and the world.
Barton babe
23rd Jun 2017
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I thought Eugenie looked smart and dressed well for the hot weather, her hair tidy, unlike her sister.
jeanmark
23rd Jun 2017
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But Barton babe isn't that the type of comment we are debating, one looked acceptable to you but not the other? I don't think either deserves negative comments. I certainly wouldn't want to be criticised publicly for what I wore, would you?
tcs
23rd Jun 2017
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The media is supposed to report events but they all - and the BBC are so left wing biased it is incredible - try to influence the reader/listener/viewer. The BBC should be impartial.
JohnHerb
25th Jun 2017
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Are they really left wing. Laura Kunsberg the BBC correspondent always seems to give the Tories a really good battering
Julie
23rd Jun 2017
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Not only is the media too judgemental they are also very unkind.
carol hodgson
22nd Jun 2017
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The media have their favourites but God help them that they take a dislike too.They will try every way they can to bring them down.News isnt news anymore.
Pam1960
22nd Jun 2017
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The media is guilty of being judgemental but then again I think know general most people are. How many of is read these newspapers, blogs, comments on social media and forums. Whilst the majority try to be fair with their comments their is a minority who are downright cruel. Overall I don't think the princesses or other celebrities will be too bothered about what the media say as it comes with the job
HilaryB4
22nd Jun 2017
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I dont think it is a bad thing expressing opinions but some people take it too far
IanW67
22nd Jun 2017
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The press should only report facts, not their opinions. We then can my our own minds up!
JoyInSutton
22nd Jun 2017
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I hate the unkind comments made in magazines, papers and social media sites. Young girls and boys are so easily influenced. I guess if you live your life in the public domain you learn to ignore it. I still live by the principle if you have nothing nice to say then say nothing.
ecarg
22nd Jun 2017
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Yes the media is judgemental and cruel but surely this is how issues are opened up and debated by the public.
Many posts on silver surfers refer to articles read in the papers and the fact that we are free to openly discuss our opinions should be appreciated
JohnHerb
25th Jun 2017
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I agree we should be able to debate all these important issues. The media play an important part in this countries freedom and long may it continue.
HelenA22
22nd Jun 2017
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Oh Yes! Definitely. There is no live and let live - major and relentless criticism for the smallest faux pas. Who sets these impossible standards?
sueharbottle
22nd Jun 2017
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Most of the time they are not just judgemental, they are downright cruel. Fine, comment on whoever looks well dressed and elegant but make no comment at all on those who have made a fashion faux pas. If they are in the photo and no complimentary comment has been made they will draw their own conclusion ( or their Style Consultants will)
Poppyrose
22nd Jun 2017
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Listening to and reading the media it is becoming obvious that if they can put a negative slant on something they will particularly during the election and frankly turning on the news or reading the paper is becoming a negative experience. The questions asked, the comments on certain things, interviewers who have now developed the habit of asking a question but rather than allowing an answer have to start bombarding with more and more questions hoping to get the interviewee flustered and saying the wrong thing so it can be pounced on and look at 'Good Morning Britain' today, they are making a big fuss about the Queens hat for heavens sake!! and will Suzanna Reid stop interrupting!! It is mischief making on a massive scale and there is an unpleasant undercurrent to news stories trying to make a story bigger and more sensationalist than it really is.
HazelF4
22nd Jun 2017
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have to agree with you Poppyrose, interviewers are becoming increasingly strident in their questioning, I don't know how some of the politicians manage to keep their cool. When a question is asked why can they not wait for the answer before bombarding the person with more and more questions, just don't like it at all.
Marley444
21st Jun 2017
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I am horrified when I read how people generally and openly insult each other on social media, especially on the BBC Facebook page. I find it quite shocking how personal the verbal attacks can be and reporting in newspapers like this only goes to reinforce this acceptance of personal attacks. Freedom of speech is one thing, but to be critical and hurtful is cruel. I wonder where this will all end.
Lionel
21st Jun 2017
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The question is, has the media become too judgemental? Surely being critical is a far cry from being judgemental and critical is what they usually are in the matter of Andrew's daughters.

Do we not have a press to hold government, the Police and Civil Service to account? Is it not the place of the press to criticise these organs of state, to expose wrong doings and short comings? To expose unhealthy alliances and dubious foreign connections? If these matters are confirmed in a court of law then it is for the court to pass judgement, not the press.

I was particularly incensed these last few weeks with the Daily Mail's vilification of Corbyn. It was nothing short of character assassination. As Jeanmark said, cruel and designed to cause pain. The Mail set itself as judge and jury, convicting as in a private trial. That was judgemental. Tried without a defence counsel and without a voice.

Whilst I'm most certainly not a Corbyn supporter, he did not deserve the Mail's treatment of him. They acted as his judges, and their verdict was unsafe to say the least. But, as Wilf so rightly says, Corbyn has the recourse to a court of law. If he goes down that road, which I doubt, damages would be well in six figures.

Historically, the press exposes untoward doings, they are investigated and if genuine tried in a court of law. It is not the role of the press to make a judgement because even that word judgement implies the execution of a judgement even before it has been tried before a court.

Thus the media must be critical, but create it's own judgements, no!

Oh, and I do so wish Andrew would arrange a decent job for his girls, and a stylist. The column yardage spent on these two is so unreasonable, and without any result!
Wilf
21st Jun 2017
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The media are very judgemental but that's good. The great thing about Great Britain is everyone has an opinion and everyone is free to use it. I think the girls look ok but the clothes seem to old for them. Who advises them. the day the press and media in GB do not have an opinion is the day we may as well all pack up and leave!
jeanmark
21st Jun 2017
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Yes Wilf, we all have the right to express an opinion but I was always taught that it should never be cruel and used to deliberately cause pain. Why do the media believe they must act as the fashion police?

Interesting that the media rarely comment on what men are wearing so why are women always 'picked' on?
Wilf
21st Jun 2017
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I agree Jean and if the media are out of line the wonderful thing about the UK is they can be sued in a court of law. I do agree on mens and womens clothes. fact is most mens clothes are boring anyway!!
Marley444
21st Jun 2017
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I agree with you jeanmark ... in the words of Thumper's mum in Bambi .. 'if you haven't got anything nice to say about someone, don't say anything at all'.
jeanmark
23rd Jun 2017
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Oh, I don't now Wilf a few of the men I know wear very pretty dresses. I just wish they would shave their legs, a woman would never get away with that!
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21st Jun 2017
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jeanmark
21st Jun 2017
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Well scandiman, they are not playing at royalty they are royalty and as such are constantly ridiculed because of an accident of birth.

I fail to understand why people of privilege should expected to be treated with such disdain but those 'below' them must always be shown respect.

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