Murdoch: naked Page 3 girls are ‘old fashioned’
The media mogul suggested that young women are ‘more attractive in at least some fashionable clothes’
American media tycoon Rupert Murdoch suggested on Twitter Wednesday that the traditionally half-naked Page 3 ladies in his The Sun newspaper should start covering their bodies.
“Page 3 again. Aren't beautiful young women more attractive in at least some fashionable clothes? Your opinions please,” Murdoch, who owns the famous UK tabloid, asked his twitter followers.
Page 3 again. Aren't beautiful young women more attractive in at least some fashionable clothes? Your opinions please.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 10, 2014
“Brit feminists bang on forever about page 3. I bet never buy paper. I think old fashioned but readers seem to disagree,” he wrote.
Brit feminists bang on forever about page 3. I bet never buy paper I think old fashioned but readers seem to disagree.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) September 10, 2014
So far, the newspaper has only removed topless pictures for its Saturday and Sunday editions and has started to feature clothed rather than naked models on Page 3.
Following an online campaign against Page 3, The Sun’s editor told the BBC last he would continue publishing bare-breast models on the controversial page.
"I was flicking through a copy of this month's Vogue and there was a picture of Kate Moss topless. I suspect the editor of Vogue won't be questioned on whether topless pictures should be around on its pages," David Dinsmore told the BBC Radio 5 Live's Breakfast.
The paper has had recently pictures of models slightly covered, such as clothed pictures of Cheryl Cole and Mariah Carey.
"No More Page 3" online campaign, which was launched in 2012, is calling for The Sun to drop Page 3 and “stop conditioning your readers to view women as sex objects.”
"We’re talking about soft porn in a family newspaper that kids see!! Until 2003 the models were only 16 (and dressed up in school ties and hats – seriously!) It’s never been ok!!! We will look back on this and go ‘oh my goodness, we did what?'" the campaign says on its website.
The Sun is Britain’s best-selling newspaper, with an average Monday-Saturday circulation of more than two million a day.
Earlier this year, the daily used Page 3 to launch a breast cancer awareness campaign.