Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Controversy over Princess Diana's death.


Tonight (Wednesday) Channel 4, a UK Channel, will show for the the first time in a documentary, photos of Princess Diana dying in the car where she just had an accident. Needless to say that this documentary is highly controversial and that the television channel had to justify its position. This flame - that I already showed a long time ago - is the place in Paris, above the Pont de l'Alma, where people from all over the world come to drop flowers in memory of Princess Diana.
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26 comments:

  1. Leave her alone, resting in peace...

    Qu'on lui fiche la paix, bordel...

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  2. Those photos of the princess must be very shocking. Your photo on the other hand is great, it gives us a good notion of the area.

    Eric, here's the link you asked to the Eiffel Tower Cam

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  3. Yeah, OK, I see their point. I guess everybody has a right to be heard and much of that evidence was probably tied up in litigation and stuff for years.

    But it also looks like that poor Di just can't catch a break, ever! Even beyond the grave, they just can't leave her the fuck alone.

    That flame looks great, by the way, Eric :)

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  4. Thanks for the post and lovely photo.

    Disgusting that channel 4, uk, should televise such! It's the living that this channel ought to be mindful of...not justification... Perhaps it's the ratings and money the real reason for the show! Sic!

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  5. You know, two other people died that night too.

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  6. I am surprised at how few flowers there are at the site. I'm used to always seeing tons of flowers left by Diana supporters.

    This monument is breathtaking in person. The gold is so gorgeous. This was the first "monument" I laid my eyes on the first time I came to Paris - ah the memories!

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  7. Il y a beaucoup moins de commentaires maintenant sur ce blog maintenant on dirait, ca n'interesse plus ? Combien de visiteurs par jour en moyenne ?

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  8. Thanks for reminding the cherismatic soul!!

    Long leave the princess, let us leave her alone!

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  9. I say, if nothing else, leave the photos out for her son's sakes. The poor guys went through enough without having pictures of their dying mother shown to the world, I don't care what the television stations justification is.

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  10. I agree with soosha, it's a shame they have to show these particular pictures on the documentary. You have shown us a beautiful photo of the memorial though. Thanks Eric.

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  11. Vincent: ils sont tous partis bavarder au forum, no?

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  12. Eric has noted in previous PDP comments that the flame is not a memorial to Diana, but a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty's flame that was there before the princess died. When I saw it, there were hundreds of "graffiti" comments about Diana, all loving toward her, in many languages.

    As to the television station airing the lurid death films, I think it's disgusting. The "justification" is that it will sell a lot of advertising during the show, as humans love this sort of obscene broadcast.

    Oh, sorry, did I express a strong opinion? Down with Channel 4. Of course, I have every expectation that it will be purchased and broadcast in the U.S. soon, if the deal hasn't already been signed. Aren't we a lovely species?

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  13. Oh. Here's a nice site:

    http://www.statueofliberty.org/Statue_of_Liberty_Picture.html

    By the way, I really like the monument there is Paris, and I think it's a perfect PDP topic. Nicely done once again, mon ami. Thanks.

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  14. While I agree with everyone that this story should be left in peace, it's worth pointing out that as far as I know the documentary is not showing lurid photos of Princess Diana dying, and is billed as a balanced and serious report. There is one photo where her head has been blocked out. However I guess UK viewers will need to wait and see. There is a lot more tasteless and vacuous television going around that no-one seems to bother about - CNN for a start

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  15. Great monument for her and a place to give her honour. but it's not necessary to show everything on TV again. Like many others here, me, too, I think she should rest in peace.

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  16. I'm proud of the PDP visitors! You all expressed what I think about this story. (Jeff, it's OK you can express a strong opinion LOL)

    ladyjicky, you're right, two (was is two really? or "just" another one - namely Dodi Al-Fayed? I'm not sure actually. But anyway, you're right, I should have mentioned him - them - also.

    Vincent p. oui c'est vrai, tout plasse tout lasse ;) Le nombre de visiteurs est assez stable cela dit 1 200 par jour et 1 650 pages vues. Je vais bientôt fêter mon millionième visiteur !

    And soon a new layout...

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  17. et moi qui suis très fier de mes 600 visiteurs par semaine! petit jouer je suis...
    bravo pour ton boulot sur PDP et le ring autour Eric. c'est un super concept et ton succès se mesure bien au delà de ton blog sur Paris.
    cela étant, pour le millionième visiteur en vue, j'espère que tu vas fêter cela dignement!

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  18. It's ok to express a strong opinion? I think you are confusing this site with others.

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  19. I have heard reviews of the doco that said it was extremely well done. No "lurid death photos" - the controversial ones were (i) which showed a doctor and an oxygen tank, but no pic of Diana, and the other one an ambulance stopped (seen that before) when paramedics needed to stop to administer more care (but again no pic of the princess).

    Also heard that the interviews with the photographers were really good, and the first time their stories have been told.

    So, while we haven't seen it, I have heard positive reviews.

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  20. 600 visiteurs, c'est déjà pas mal! Ah, zut, voici les anonymes qui nous remettent ça!! Grrrr...

    Anon: get yourself a glass of wine, and chill, I mean it, really!

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  21. there are plenty of comments about the Diana documentary, so I won't add to those. I'm more interested in the sculpture. I immediately thought of the Statue of Liberty torch when I saw the picture, and Jeff was nice enough to point out that it is indeed a reproduction of the flame. So I'm curious as to why it has turned into a makeshift memorial to Diana...is it because of its location? It looks like it sits above a tunnel entrance--is that the infamous tunnel where accident happened? The sculpture is beautiful by the way...nice to have a close-up view of the flame because you can't really get that close to it on the real Statue of Liberty. It's also nice that it's in Paris, where it came from...

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  22. ainz: that is the exact reason - it is right above the tunnel exit. And it seems kind of fitting - Candle In The Wind and all that.

    For REALLY tasteless Diana (and Dodi) memorials, go and have a look in Harrods in London. GROSS.

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  23. PS: ainz: all along that marble wall behind are written heartfelt messages to Diana, mostly in small felt tip penned handwriting - not big graffiti type tags.

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  24. I should praise you for this wonderful photo,It's looks awesome! When She's alive,she never had the privacy..End is the End,Please let her alone,No controversies please...
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