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Missing the joke: Private Eye

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MN164 Sun 16-Nov-14 07:33:19

Did I miss the joke here? This just seems like a horrid caption. Am I missing anything?

www.private-eye.co.uk/pictures/captions/karen_brady.jpg

Paleodad Sun 16-Nov-14 07:46:16

Not defending the image, but is it a reference to this story?
When she became director(?) at Birmingham city:
"When she met the squad, one Birmingham player quipped: "I can see your tits in that shirt", to which Brady replied: "Well, don't worry, when I sell you to Crewe, you won't be able to see them from there, will you?" He was transferred soon after._"
From www.theguardian.com/theobserver/2010/jun/06/observer-profile-karren-brady

MN164 Sun 16-Nov-14 07:59:33

I wonder how she feels seeing the caption?

It's not really a celebration of female role models or achievement though.

Maybe there is some reference to her working with David Sullivan at the Daily Sport, who has a background in the porn industry?

Perhaps I need to get a sense of humour.....

NewEraNewMindset Sun 16-Nov-14 08:01:11

Yes I would say it's a play on the 'get your tits out for the lads' comments that might have been shouted from the terraces during her time in football.

Pagwatch Sun 16-Nov-14 08:19:00

It's a joke about football supporters and the male dominated lords environment.
Private eye is not a newspaper so it's not going to celebrate female role models. That's not it's point.

MN164 Sun 16-Nov-14 08:47:25

I see. Does her Sullivan involvement muddy the waters on the jokes target a bit though?

AuntieStella Sun 16-Nov-14 08:50:10

I doubt it, given how she describes her time at the Sport as being of its silly "WW2 bomber found on moon" era and deploring the later pornification.

And her time with the paper is a very small part of her career. I think most people associate her with football and now The Apprentice.

Pagwatch Sun 16-Nov-14 08:50:49

I don't know tbh. It doesn't for me
My mind went

Karen Brady
Dipshit laddish comment
Football misogynists
House of lords - mostly male - sexism

David Sullivan and porn never crossed my mind.

Panzee Sun 16-Nov-14 08:52:33

Pagwatch that was my thought process too.

BobbyDarin Sun 16-Nov-14 14:24:54

It's a picture underneath a story about how she formally took her seat in the House of Lords, and used it as an opportunity to plug a new partnership with Pantene called "Shine Strong" which apparently is to sell hair products help women at the start of their careers. She also gave an interview to the Daily Telegraph, the Eye says.

"She went on to tell the Telegraph is was OK for women to wear a 'short skirt' for work but they shouldn't feel an obligation just to get ahead in business. Brady was speaking from experience, of course, as she started out as the advertising sales boss for porn baron David Sullivan's Sport Newspapers, which were full of women not bothering to wear skirts at all."

TiggyD Sun 16-Nov-14 18:29:10

A reference to her role in the porn industry. They're always mentioning it.

MN164 Mon 17-Nov-14 08:14:41

Tiggy

Thanks to the posters here, I am better educated about this.

It seems to me that the caption can be interpreted positively, lampooning an infantile patriachy, or it could be partly directed at the Lady, objectifying her because of her "support" of the porn industry.

Given the potential for negative ambiguity, isn't this a poor choice of caption? I have respect for PE and their role (and humour) but this falls below the standard I expect from them (them being nearly all posh blokes).

trevortrevorslattery Mon 17-Nov-14 11:56:14

OP I also was a bit hmm about the caption too.

I suppose you and PP are right and it is some clever comment on the lords / football etc but I reckon if you have to think about it that hard to work it out then it is a misfire by PE.

I shall not be cancelling my subscription, however grin.

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