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22 June 2012

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

Nicole Kidman's toddler has "lithe limbs".

By New Statesman

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

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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: