‘Is it For Real? I am Dan’s mum’: Olympic Diver’s Mother Angry at Newspapers for Front Page Snub
It’s probably a little disappointing to win an Olympic bronze medal in pairs diving, and the newspapers only put your heartthrob partner on the cover. However, the only thing that could probably make it worse instead of better is when your mother gets involved.
Enter poor Great Britain diver Daniel Goodfellow. His mother was really disappointed that all the British dailies went with partner Tom Daley on the cover. And it makes sense: It does take a team to win synchronized pairs diving. But when that team involves a young man with boy-band good looks, you are probably not getting the front page.
“I am very surprised by this photo. Is it for real? I am Dan’s mum,” Sharon Goodfellow tweeted at the Telegraph.
Although she later backtracked, telling a British TV program that “Daniel doesn’t mind, he’s quite happy to stay in the background” – the point was made.
The best part is this excuse that the BBC got from an expert on why the front pages would only use Daley. It has nothing to do with his chiseled abs, you guys. The answer? Because they needed a vertical photo and any photos of the both of them would be square. Sound logic.
“Often an editor will make a decision according to the space available, and in this case most likely needed something ‘tall and thin,’ Bob Satchwell told the news outlet.
“I don’t think there’s anything more sinister than that.”
Definitely not about selling papers by putting Britain’s most handsome Olympian on the front.