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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 01/ 7/2011

Kate brings out 'the worst in us'?

By Autumn Brewington

The biggest shortcoming of this New Statesman article, "Why Kate Middleton brings out the worst in us," is its failure to seriously address and answer that question. But while we think the headline oversold, it is a nice deviation from the quick-hit stories on the latest wedding details or rumors on what Prince William and Kate Middleton may or may not do next. Author Alice Miles looks at the varied public (really, Internet) reaction to Kate, her family's middle-class status and the engagement -- and shares her take on all above the above: "If there is one person I wouldn't want to be in 2011, it is Kate Middleton."

Why?

"Middleton might not quite face the trials beckoning Julian Assange this year, but she could suffer instead a peculiarly British type of hell: trapped in palaces under the relentless scrutiny of the media, open to the strange fury of all the crazy women who post comments on the [Daily] Mail's website and elsewhere complaining that she isn't Diana, she doesn't have blonde hair, she isn't posh enough. She's middle-class, she is plain, she is dull, she is 'nouveau'."

It's an interesting read. We just wish the article had delved deeper into why public expression veers toward the negative and what's so objectionable to Britons about the "alternative narrative" Miles cites.

By Autumn Brewington  | January 7, 2011; 10:00 AM ET
Categories:  Kate Middleton, Media coverage, Prince William  
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