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Ah, the Daily Mail’s constant battle for pre-watershed appropriateness

Hello, readers! And we’re back in business, after 10 days or so of permalink destruction, meaning, sadly for you, there were no comments! Sadly for me, too, as I rely so much on communiqués from the loyal public. (My favourite …

Mon, Aug 16, 2010, 14:30

   

Hello, readers! And we’re back in business, after 10 days or so of permalink destruction, meaning, sadly for you, there were no comments! Sadly for me, too, as I rely so much on communiqués from the loyal public. (My favourite comment of the past month is from an anonymous person who said: “I bet you voted Obama.” Well, no, anon, I did not vote Obama, because I am not American.)

The excellent news is that, in the interim, Fash Mob has totally gone web 2.0 and is now on both Twitter and on Facebook, where we will be linking to new posts, as well as (I know, I know, you’re thinking, “there’s more?!”) linking to interesting sartorial news items and, um, well, cool pictures. You know the kind of thing. Twitter will, of course, be utilised for engaging with the masses and retweeting the wise words of Andre Leon Talley.

But now! For the most important news, possibly of the century, Helen Flanagan (d’you think she should consider changing her name? It seems very pedestrian, considering she plays what might be Coronation Street‘s most interesting character) is to appear in an episode of the UK soap wearing – brace yourselves, gentle readers – a basque. The Daily Mail is up in arms about this, as it feels that showing a woman wearing, well, what is really quite a tight top with some cleavage on show, should be preserved for post-watershed viewing, when the impressionable children (who will only know what this cleavage means if you’ve done a really bad job raising them, let’s face it) will be in their beds.

Obviously the Daily Mail‘s outrage isn’t all that, well, strong, as they have some excellent photographs of the aforementioned Ms Flanagan in said basque, alongside a photograph of her “in yet another basque”. The “steamy scenes”, they say (not at all sensationally) will be shown on October 22nd. Perhaps in the interim we could all call Joe Duffy and demand that some kind of legislation be brought in to prevent said viewing. Fingers crossed . . .