Stop poking fun at Natasha ParacharBy Kishore Budha • Dec 28th, 2008 • Category: Audience, Commercialisation, Media Practice
Miss Pakistan World is a talking head on CNN as she condones the attacks on Mumbai (inadvertantly)… oops, that’s the price TV pays for having beautiful faces on television.
As Pakistanis we have to stand up and condone what has happened in the country of India.
She even has a press release providing us her esteemed views (link here). Watch the CNN anchor labour and Ms Natasha Paracha fiddling about with her earpiece:
Even The Hindu had a news report 0ut about this incident (link). According to the New York Times this was an improvement on those of a previous Miss Pakistan:
calling President Musharraf a “hunk” she’d like to date. (link)
I think poking fun at Natasha’s slip of tongue hides more than it reveals, namely that television, commercialisation, and the race for audience figures gives us this obsession with the beautiful and the gory. For more on that that read: This face will not do: Aesthetics, class, and media
Kishore Budha is one of the co-founders of Subaltern Media and the founder-editor of the peer-reviewed Open Access journal Wide Screen. He holds a PhD in media and communications studies from the University of Leeds, UK and has professional experience in print journalism, internet news, and public relations industries. His interests include Critical Theories of Media and Communication, Semiotics, Transnational Communication, Film industry & production, Film theory, Film and history, Communications Policy, Visual Culture, Communication Technologies, Web media and Communication
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