Caroline Flack’s One Direction magazine attack: “Zero engagement ring because nobody wants her”
You might think it’s a typical “How to tan those pins” or unoriginal “Shorts again” type article, but in fact it goes even further and lists all the things you should hate about the presenter – with your own cut-out voodoo doll.
Targeted at One Direction fans and published by Topix Media Lab LLC, the magazine can be bought via iTunes and list the article as “Go Away! Flack, foul mistress”.
It was reported that Flack had received death threats at the time of dating One Direction singer Harry Styles – with dedicated teenage fan clubs leaving messages on Twitter.
This feature would only act to encourage, not admonish, any such behaviour from young fans – which is particularly worrying as the band have nearly six million followers on Twitter.
With comments such as pointing out her crow’s feet “caused by old age”, that she has “zero engagement ring because nobody wants to be with her”, advice such as “date boys your age, not your shoe size” – which would make Harry around five/six years old – and, more unimaginatively, that she looks like a goat, this type of bullying sends out a vicious message to young fans. It teaches them: to adopt jealousy and hatred of other women getting what they want; that winning a man is a war to fight in; that youthful (under 30) is the only way women should look, and, ultimately, that bullying is acceptable, because, if it wasn’t, why would it have been published?Caroling Flack, Harry Styles, one direction
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