Kaetlyn Osmond makes front page, uproar ensues over crotch shot

Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond skates during the exhibition gala at the World Figure Skating Championships in London, Ont. Sunday, March 17, 2013.

Credits: Craig Glover/QMI Agency


A firestorm of controversy broke out Monday based on a national newspaper's front-page photo of Canadian figure skater Kaetlyn Osmond.

The Globe and Mail ran a photo of 17-year-old Osmond performing in Sunday's exhibition gala at the world figure skating championships, her right leg kicked high and her crotch on full display. Osmond finished eighth at the tournament in London, Ont.

The photo drew outrage from a number of media types - social media sites like Twitter were abuzz as well - and even the Globe's public editor, Sylvia Stead, was not happy with the choice of photo.

Maurie Sherman of the Roz & Mocha Show on KiSS 92.5 Toronto spoke with Osmond as she was waiting for her plane home from London. The Marystown, N.L., native seemed a little puzzled by the kerfuffle.

"I don't know, skating is always a part of that," Osmond told the radio station when asked if she had a problem with the photo. "Our skirts go flying all the time, we're used to it. So we don't find it that offensive."

In fact, Osmond seemed proud of making it onto the front page of a major Canadian newspaper.

"When I first saw the picture, I was thinking, like, ‘Oh cool, it's the first time I've ever actually gotten on the cover of a newspaper, as far as I know,' " she said. "I was really excited about it. Then people were talking about the picture (not being) the greatest. I don't mind the picture that much. It's part of my program."

The Twitter-verse was divided about what some called an "up-skirt" shot, though. Some tweeters were upset about it, pointing out Osmond's age, while others wondered what the big deal was in the first place.



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