Teenaged Figure Skater’s ‘Crotch Shot’ Has Canada in a Twist

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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.

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: