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Princess Diana Mock Funeral

By philtaylorphoto  
6 September 2018.An event so bizarre, and distasteful, I'll leave it up to the Daily Star to explain."EXCLUSIVE: Princess Diana's ‘coffin’ driven in taxi in GROTESQUE funeral ‘remake’. A bunch of ragtag gothics made a mockery of the People’s Princess in the “sick” satirical re-enactment yesterday – the 21st anniversary of her funeral...Two decades ago saw 2.5billion people watch Diana’s final journey from Kensington Palace to Westminster Abbey in a sending off that gripped the world...But those dignified and respectful scenes were replaced last night by a jaw-dropping “blasphemous” re-make that would leave Diana’s fans “sickened”...Her hearse was swapped for an Uber the Royal Standard draping the coffin replaced with a black flag, and the crowds changed with arty youngsters holding cans of beer...Elton John’s famous Candle in the Wind was performed by a live Mexican mariachi band and was said to have featured a Jimmy Savile impersonatonator. Westminster Abbey became an industrial unit in Salford – a warehouse-turned-venue called The White Hotel – and the procession route was a walk across a dual carriageway...“Mourners” pretended to cry as they threw flowers at the hearse and even a lone brocolli in a bizarre throwback to the emotional scenes on September 6, 1997...The gobsmacking scenes have been revealed to Daily Star Online by Bolton photographer Phil Taylor, 57, who attended the event...He told us: “It was a very bizarre event – it didn’t seem to touch people in any way emotional whatsoever..

A real on the hoof job to make deadline. For the first time I used the Canon wireless SD card in the 7D Mk2, wiring as I walked to an agency, as it was evening, and there was a rush to make the dailies. I enjoyed the experience so much that I went out and bought a Toshiba Eye Fi card to replace it immediately, a far more pleasant experince!

Finally used in Daily Star, Mail, Express, Metro and Manchester Evening News, who all went a bit OTT, especially the Mail comments section...

Tags: Photo journalism Royal Diana Funeral Princess

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Toobi_Won 10 77 8 England
9 Sep 2018 10:34PM
it didn’t seem to touch people in any way emotional whatsoever
Pity they weren't touched in a physical way!
This smacks of titillation masquerading as indignation.
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
9 Sep 2018 11:24PM
You obviously haven't spotted the artistic potential in the event.
10 Sep 2018 4:33AM
I have no idea of the politics and culture of the Daily Star.....the interpretation of the photo depends on "local knowledge".....a strong photo.

philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
10 Sep 2018 7:38AM
Daily Star, a British right wing tabloid red top newspaper. Certainly not a broadsheet with lengthy articles and in depth reasoned coverage. It's got a strong pro royal leaning, but likes publishing pictures of ladies with few or no clothes, indicative of our warm climate.

I felt that the event could have produced stronger images, especially with its provocative nature. In the end, my personal pick last night was the Gothic coffin carriers offset by the smiling 'mourner'. It took a bit of Lightroom to improve on the colour original. However, unlike a lot of images on Ephotozine, the initial priority was to get any image out to the media fast.

If you are not familiar with the UK, the comments on this page reveal the depth of feeling
viscostatic 15 50 11 United Kingdom
10 Sep 2018 8:50AM
It doesn't really matter whose funeral they were mocking this is a truly disgusting event and should not be publicised in any way. The best way to treat these people is to ignore them completely.

philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
10 Sep 2018 9:01AM
So, are you saying that the media shouldn't report things that you would find distasteful?
dudler Plus
18 1.8k 1892 England
6 Jan 2019 12:40PM
I'd defend the right to bad taste to the end - but to be needlessly unkind is a very different matter.

Similarly, though, the right to free speech matters, even when the content is offensive or morally repugnant. But as soon as you start to limit things you pave the way for a Trump, a Putin, a Hitler...

The oxygen of publicity sometimes simply allows the overheated to self-combust, publicly. And that is, in my book, a Good Thing.
philtaylorphoto 20 334 2
6 Jan 2019 1:42PM
It's easy to point fingers at coverage

I covered the boxing day hunt for a local paper. It was drag hunting, where the hounds follow a trail. It was the usual posh people in 4X4s with horses and fancy dress.

The report, which factually recorded what happened got letters of complaint about bias, and acting as a recruiting piece for 'savage hunting'. All the more amusing when I found out the writer is a vegan, and I'm a pinko Guardian reading liberal type.

Dudley is correct, just because something might offend you,, it doesn't mean it shouldn't be reported.

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