If you Google Lisa Marie Presley Sues Daily Mail, you will get hundreds of choices to read. It seems that every news source and entertainment website in the world has covered Lisa’s fat story. So, I thought it would be easy to find the full text of the Daily Mail story that started the whole thing. I was wrong.
Now that Lisa Marie has sued the UK tabloid, links to promising sites take you nowhere. Even the title of the Daily Mail story was hard to pin down, as two different ones were mentioned in web articles. One headline was, “Like Father Like Daughter? Bloated Lisa Marie Is Now The Double Of Dad Elvis.” The other was “Elvis Presley’s King-Sized Daughter Lisa Marie.”
I did find snippets of the offending text woven into various web commentaries. Excerpts included:
“Her father fought – and lost – a long and very public battle of
“Now Elvis Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie appears to have developed a similarly unhealthy appetite.”
“The once-svelte 40-year-old was seen devouring her lunch at Hollywood food market The Grove at the weekend.”
If that’s as bad as it got, Lisa Marie might have a tough time winning her case, especially against a company in another country. There has to be more. I wish I knew what her publicist, Cindy Guagenti, was talking about when she said, “…awful. It’s like, ‘she’s gonna die like her father,’ ‘her and her mom are in a fight because of her weight’ – that’s not true at all.”
So, what’s going on? I guess we’ll never know exactly what prompted Lisa Marie to write on her MySpace page, “Once they got a glimpse of my expanding physique a few days ago, they have been like a pack of coyotes circling their prey whilst eerily howling with delight.” Wow! Give ‘em hell, Lisa. I like the line, “A pack of coyotes circling their prey,” but where did you come up with ‘whilst?’
Lisa Marie also said, “I could just be pregnant and therefore have a legitimate reason for weight gain, at which point they should probably wipe the saliva off their fangs and put them back in their mouths or they may expose the black little souls that they are.” Well said! An even better line: ”wipe the saliva off their fangs.”
What amuses me the most about this whole deal is what the Daily Mail now shows on its website. There are only two Lisa Marie articles for all of 2008, and both are dated March 10, the day the suit was announced. Apparently, anything preceding that has been removed. Both articles are now friendly in tone. One headline is “Lisa Marie Presley Confirms: Yes I’m Pregnant.” The story contains two fat pictures, but now the captions make reference to her “Baby Bump.” They also show the following picture of Lisa Marie and husband Michael Lockwood looking thin and trim back in 2006. (Hmm… What’s up here?)
The other archive article is titled, “Pregnant and Proud: Lisa Marie Presley Shows Off Her Baby Bump.” They got one thing wrong when they referred to Michael as her third husband, but it was another completely positive article. The story contained two very similar pictures, and here’s one.
They described Lisa Marie: “Dressed in a fashionable print maxi dress, chunky platform sandals, and large hoop earrings, Lisa Marie looked radiant and every inch the happy mother-to-be.” (Isn’t that sweet?) Fortunately, they chose not to describe Michael’s …aahh… wardrobe.
So, it all sounds like an attempt by the Daily Mail to make nice with the Presley family. The paper has the 12th largest circulation in the world among English-language dailies, and presumably has a lot of clout. But, if Lisa Marie has the same lawyers that the Presley Estate utilizes, my bets are on her. Those attorneys have a great track record winning lawsuits.
It’s probably a good move for the Daily Mail to sink their fangs into some humble pie.
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