A photo of teenaged figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond has Canadians up in arms over whether it is appropriate to feature ‘crotch shots’ of athletes at work.
The image, taken at the same vantage point by photographers from the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star and Reuters, features Kaetlyn Osmond performing a high kick at the ISU World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ontario.
Admittedly focused on the young skater’s right leg and torso, the photo has generated significant controversy among the country’s most prudish media watchers.
Reaction to photo: it’s not a bad pic. It could have been better, it also could have been worse.I’m excited to be on the cover pic isn’t bad
— Kaetlyn Osmond (@kaetlyn_23) March 18, 2013
Its own public editor, Sylvia Stead, criticized the Globe and Mail, which ran the image on the cover of its Monday print edition. Other journalists who took issue with the shot included Brian D. Johnson of Maclean’s magazine and Alison Crawford of CBC Radio.
As for the 17-year-old skater herself, Osmond seemed to have no problem with the photo whatsoever. She told radio personality Maurie Sherman:
I don’t mind the picture that much. It’s part of my program. Our skirts go flying all the time, so we’re used to it. We don’t find it that offensive.
Here’s a sample of some of the Tweets for, and against, the publication of the photo:
Photo on #globeandmail front today is not acceptable in my view & readers. More later.
— Sylvia Stead (@SylviaStead) March 18, 2013
— Brian D. Johnson (@briandjohnson) March 18, 2013
I guess we’ll never cover The Rockettes again.
— Simon Houpt (@simonhoupt) March 18, 2013
By pointing out that a picture was unacceptable, it makes people search for it and therefore thousands more see it. #KaetlynOsmond
— Jackson Gair(@Jaxin10) March 18, 2013
— bmaggiemay (@bmaggiemay) March 18, 2013
If I were a Globe editor, not only would I not have had a problem with the Kaetlyn Osmond photo, it wouldn’t occur to me that anyone would.
— Daniel MacEachern (@TelegramDaniel) March 18, 2013
And here is what figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond just told me about Globe’s A1: “I really like that picture :p”
— Steve Ladurantaye (@sladurantaye) March 18, 2013