Tina Brown explains Diana at 50 'Newsweek' cover: 'I wanted to make her a time-traveler'

Whether you think the Diana at 50 issue of Newsweek is cool or creepy (I personally vote the latter, PopWatchers), you’ll likely be keen to hear how editor-in-chief Tina Brown explained her thought process behind the decision to Photoshop the deceased Princess on the cover of the magazine with her daughter-in-law Kate Middleton. Brown, who penned the article (she also wrote the biography The Diana Chronicles), sat down with MSNBC’s Morning Joe, where she explained that, in celebration of what would have been Lady Di’s 50th birthday this Friday, “I found it really interesting to imagine what she would be doing now.” As it turns out, by Brown’s theory, Di would have still been doing her humanitarian work, as well as networking on Facebook and Twitter. “I wanted to make her a time-traveler,” Brown told the hosts and, naturally, Reverend Al Sharpton. Watch the full clip below: 

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  • Brenda Barrett

    What Tina Brown really meant: “I wanted to get lots of media attention for this failing brand, Newsweek.”

    • kate middleton

      Yes. This.

  • Maruska

    Tina Brown is a hack who will do anything for attention and money. If I hadn’t already dropped my Newsweek subscription, I would now. She went too far.

  • Esox

    C’mon. Everybody knows the Headless don’t time travel!

  • Brett

    Creepy and tacky. It’s like a shot from a very special royal episode of “The Walking Dead.” But, people are talking about it… which, I suppose, is what Tina Brown wanted all along.

  • loveydub

    Lord, oh Lord, when will Tina Brown go away? Sheesh.

  • queen of disrepair

    What a repulsive idea brought to life by someone clearly with no soul. She’s a cannibal.

    • Lauren

      A cannibal? With no soul? Calm down!

  • jul

    Leave the time travel to Doctor Who, Tina.

  • Joe

    Wow, that is someones mother. If I saw a picture of my dead father with my wife I would lose it. Famous or not, this is not okay!

  • KSG

    Why is there a dude in this picture? Couldn’t she photo shop him out of it?

  • Jayne1955

    DISGUSTING AND TACKY! I cancelled my subscription over it. Tina Brown should be ashamed of herself. What gives her the right to assume she knows what Diana would be thinking now? I guess the press still can’t leave the poor princess in peace.

  • Emily

    Completely tasteless. How painful for her children, especially William. I’m sure his mother has been on his mind a lot lately. He must wish with all his heart that she could have met his wife.

  • Lexistential

    What utter bollocks.

    First, this cover was beyond tacky as tge freeloading publicity stunt it is.

    Second, hasn’t she ridden Diana’s coattails enough?

    Third, Photoshopping her alongside the new Duchess is cruel, simply because it’s poignant that they will never meet.

    Fourth, she made Diana look like an old anorexic zombie. Diana’s athletic, muscular and generally womanly figure- which was a symbol of her victory over bulimia- was transformed into something that would induce it.

    I’ll stick to Time, thanks.

  • D

    she is determine to drag the newsweek brand through the mud. this is one of the most insane and poorly conceived publicity stunts in recent memory.

  • orville

    Just because you wondered what she’d be like now if she were alive doesn’t make it an acceptable thing to put on the cover of what’s supposed to be a respectable magazine. If you couldn’t help yourself, do a tribute article and have a “what if” photo of *her alone* in a sidebar.

  • Clete

    My next cover will be Queen Elizabeth the first at five hundred.

    • Jeni2

      Both QE1 and QE2 could be photoshopped in their crowns whie holding hands and skipping.

      • Raf001


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