Online outrage over NY Post’s nude pics of Melania Trump, Donald not too bothered
The tabloid newspaper, which is owned by billionaire Rupert Murdoch, ran the image alongside the caption “The Ogle Office,” promising photos of Melania “like you’ve never seen her before.”
The photos were taken in 1995, when Melania was 25 years old, and published the next year in the French magazine Max, two years before she met The Donald.
Also included was an interview with the photographer, Jarl Alé Alexandre de Basseville, who says the potential First Lady was “super-great and a fantastic personality and she was very kind.”
The decision to run the front page left many quarters of the internet “appalled and outraged,” with many saying it was “extremely tasteless.”
I am appalled and outraged by The New York Post's Melania Trump cover. Here's why.— Debra Goodman (@debrag1025) July 31, 2016
Misogyny is misogyny,... https://t.co/FE0oNVkwhl
The New York Post publishing nude photos of Melania is extremely tasteless and desperate.— RaeAnna (@raeannakay) July 31, 2016
Just saw that New York Post cover. Ugh, trash. I really don't care that Melania Trump posed naked, & don't like attempts to shame her.— Crooked Jayelle (@GreenEyedLilo) July 31, 2016
Soooo the New York Post thought it would be news to post a nude of Melania? So r they gonna post Bill n Monica w the famous cigar?— Carol L. Pfeiffer (@CATCHYOURMIRACL) July 31, 2016
I don't expect anything better from the NY Post. It's a rag that continuously crosses the line. Printing Melania Trump's naked pics is vile.— Nymph O. Braniac (@nikkirojo4life) July 31, 2016
Some felt that the pictures’ publication may mark a change in the newspaper’s editorial line, as it had backed the billionaire in April.
New York Post today - Will it ruin Trump? https://t.co/tEFlbgB7sx— Marit Runyon (@MaritRunyon) July 31, 2016
Trump attacks hero's family so the Rupert Murdoch owned New York Post, who endorsed him, releases nude pics of Melania? Nothing to see here.— Andrew Hibbard (@andrewhibbard) July 31, 2016
Has Rupert Murdoch turned against Trump? New York Post runs risque photos of Melania. What will evangelicals think?https://t.co/MsrZBgcMFA— Bruce Bartlett (@BruceBartlett) July 31, 2016
Why did conservative Rupert Murdoch's NY Post post such pictures of #MelaniaTrump? Not classy or fair. She is not the candidate— C G Kirkland (@ilablyth) July 31, 2016
The Trump camp seemed less concerned about the images, however.
Trump told the newspaper that the photos were taken prior to him knowing Melania, while noting that “in Europe, pictures like this are very fashionable and common.”
Jason Miller, the Trump campaign’s senior communications adviser, went one step further and defended the photos in an interview with CNN on Sunday, describing them as “a celebration of the human body as art.”
“There’s nothing to be embarrassed about,” Miller said. “She’s a beautiful woman.”