In very disappointing and anger-provoking news, The Sun’s infamous Page 3 topless models has returned after a week’s absence. As it turns out, it was nothing more than a publicity stunt. Looks like we all just got played by Rupert Murdoch.
Today’s Page 3 showed a “clarifications and corrections” box next to a photo of a topless model. Underneath the photo, a quote appeared that said: “Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this is Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth. We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”
Mamamia previously wrote…
For years, British women have rolled their eyes and skipped over Page 3 of UK newspaper The Sun in search of some actual news. (That is, of course, assuming that they actually bother to buy the tabloid newspaper in the first place.)
Yep, the space between page 2 and page 4 of the paper has been used to publish photographs of topless women ever since Rupert Murdoch took over the paper in 1970, much to the disdain of women’s rights campaigners the world over.
But now, for the first time in four decades, The Sun has gone to print without a topless model on Page 3.
Yep, while the paper is yet to make a public announcement regarding the fate of it’s controversial feature, there were no nipples to been seen in either Monday or Tuesday’s edition.
But before we all clap, cheer, pat each other on the back, declaring the move a win for feminism, there’s one important thing to note.
Women haven’t disappeared from Page 3. In fact, the models are still there. And they’re still baring all. Except now, they’re wearing BIKINIS.
On Monday, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley starred on the page, while on Tuesday, Jennifer Metcalfe and Gemma Merna from popular UK soap opera Hollyoaks, were pictured running along a beach in Dubai. (In their bikinis, of course.)