Mail Online didn't get the memo about being less creepy

Nicole Kidman's toddler has "lithe limbs".

As Martin Robbins pointed out in a recent blog, the Daily Mail campaigns against the sexualisation of children.  

How does that square with its article today on Nicole Kidman's four-year-old daughter, Sunday Rose?

The headline begins:

Long legs just like mum! Nicole Kidman's daughter Sunday Rose displays her lithe limbs as she approaches fourth birthday

Then we are told that 

"Sunday Rose showed off noticeably long limbs as her mother and father, Keith Urban, transported her through Sydney airport earlier today." 

And:

"The pretty youngster is set to turn four in two weeks time."

A picture caption adds that she is:

"Growing fast! ... Sunday Rose, shows off her tall limbs ahead of her fourth birthday"

... which doesn't even make sense.

For reference, here are the other people that Mail Online considers to have "lithe limbs":

UPDATE, 12:14:

Presumably sensing the oncoming Twitter storm, Mail Online have already changed the whole article - new headline, captions and text. Here's the updated version:

Nicole Kidman, whose daughter Sunday Rose was featured on Mail Online. Photo: Getty Images
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What can you do about Europe's refugee crisis?

The death of a three-year-old boy on a beach in Europe has stirred Britain's conscience. What can you do to help stop the deaths?

The ongoing refugee crisis in the Mediterranean dominates this morning’s front pages. Photographs of the body of a small boy, Aylan Kurdi, who washed up on a beach, have stunned many into calling for action to help those fleeing persecution and conflict, both through offering shelter and in tackling the problem at root. 

The deaths are the result of ongoing turmoil in Syria and its surrounding countries, forcing people to cross the Med in makeshift boats – for the most part, those boats are anything from DIY rafts to glorified lilos.

What can you do about it?
Firstly, don’t despair. Don’t let the near-silence of David Cameron – usually, if nothing else, a depressingly good barometer of public sentiment – fool you into thinking that the British people is uniformly against taking more refugees. (I say “more” although “some” would be a better word – Britain has resettled just 216 Syrian refugees since the war there began.)

A survey by the political scientist Rob Ford in March found a clear majority – 47 per cent to 24 per cent – in favour of taking more refugees. Along with Maria Sobolewska, Ford has set up a Facebook group coordinating the various humanitarian efforts and campaigns to do more for Britain’s refugees, which you can join here.

Save the Children – whose campaign director, Kirsty McNeill, has written for the Staggers before on the causes of the crisis – have a petition that you can sign here, and the charity will be contacting signatories to do more over the coming days. Or take part in Refugee Action's 2,000 Flowers campaign: all you need is a camera-phone.

You can also give - to the UN's refugee agency here, and to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station), or to the Red Cross.

And a government petition, which you can sign here, could get the death toll debated in Parliament. 

 

Stephen Bush is editor of the Staggers, the New Statesman’s political blog.