Complainers? I would say commentators or simply individuals with an opinion that happens to include good taste and good judgment.
I don't find the gymnastic photo in nearly as poor taste as Kaetlyn's photo since the main focal point of the gymnast is the side of her body not a straight-on crotch shot. I don't even find the two photos comparable. I also don't find figure skating comparable to gymnastics.
But, the same argument applies to either -- many, many photos are taken and, in choosing one photo, that one photo could be tasteful, beautiful, strong and still representative of the athleticism of the sport.
Edited to add: Oh, and the so-called "complainers" include the photo editor:
And in this case they certainly got the attention and more that they were seeking.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
As someone who's shot lots of skating photos, I think it's a great photo. The photographer captured a happy facial expression (not easy!) and dynamic position. I work at a newspaper and it's actually a perfect photo for the front page. Her face and skate are above the fold, so people can quickly ID it as skating.
People are so prudish ...
A better photo could have been used. It wasn't. Some folks took issue with it. Hoping for a journalistic approach that is better than the one chosen has to do with principles. It's a matter of hoping for journalism with better overall judgment.
I don't expect everyone to agree with me on this, but I won't go around calling people ridiculous or tacky either.
One of the blog links someone posted (sorry, opened them all at once, don't know which) pointed out the SOLE convincing arguement I've seen that this was offensive. If a folded newspaper was delivered to your door upside down, you were greeted with a picture of ONLY a crotch.
Can I just say I am still LMAO at this whole thing? Blowing things out of proportion. Sheesh! Considering some of the photos I've seen with hardly covering anything bikinis, this seems tame. This is NOT the Victorian ages. However, I can't believe they didn't have another photo they could have used. At the very least, they could have cropped it, if it was that offensive.
Crazy about sports!
I don't think the picture is offensive, but definitely not the most flattering angle.
this "modesty crop" looks much worse -- I think that most people's minds would unconsciously "attach" Kaetlyn's leg to her torso. There were a lot of other photos they could have used though.
Lady 2: there isn't anything about me on goooogle, I mean, I must take it off if there is.....
Lady 3: The google is a terrible thing, I mean I don't want anything on there! (Overheard by millyskate on a London train.)