Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Bad Propaganda: Meghan Markle and Homeopathy, really?

A tweet from Alberta Association of Naturopathic Doctors just came across my tweetstream:


Uh, even that statement is wrong on many levels.

  • It's Sussex, not Essex
  • She's a duchess, not a princess. 
But third, did no one ask the circumstances of this picture? Turns out, this is a "gifting suite", circa 2012. 

The photo was identified by Dailymail as "Meghan Markle posing with a homeopathic remedy for flu at the HBO Luxury Lounge ahead of 69th annual Gloden Globes in 2012 at Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles". This was LONG before she met Prince Harry. 

What is this "luxury lounge" or "gifting suite", you ask? It's a publicity stunt. The organizer of the suites basically get a room, put up a ton of table displays with goodies, and invite some photogenic and semi-famous celebrities to come into the suite, and take what they want, with the caveat that they have to pose with the product they grab. And in that event Meghan Markle grabbed L'Oreal cosmetics, Magaschoni shawls, Nautica clothing, Basil Hayden's whiskey, Purity Vodka, AND the homeopathic supplement, as listed by Daily Mail. Indeed, if you go to GettyImages and search on Meghan Markle, you'll find the publicity photos. 

And Meghan Markle frequents such events before she moved across the pond, as Daily Mail article pointed out. She had been spotted in such events as far back as 2009. 

Yes, you *could* say "she didn't have to, but she did grab it". But then, if someone just waved it in your face, and told you "you can have it, if you allow us to take a picture of you holding it and let us use the pictures for promotions", would you take it? 

Know the TRUTH behind the photos. There is no evidence Meghan Markle "loves" homeopathy. This is a publicity stunt, nothing more

And those "Naturopathic Doctors"? They didn't care about the truth. 

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