Pippa and the Queen given verbal slaps in the face
Here's a couple of surefire ways for celebrities to get attention in the UK:
1) insult Pippa Middleton
2) insult the Queen
First up, Pippa. Her Royal Hotness was the object of some scorn by the likes-to-be-outrageous designer Karl Lagerfeld. The 78-year-old creative director at Chanel was riffing quite nicely to media in London about the Duchess of Cambridge when all of sudden his words took a sharp and dangerous turn.
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy (William, we assume).
"I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties. On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."
Ouch ... a clear shot at Pippa's most famous wedding photo. It can't get much more backhanded than that.
The always-quotable designer has a nasty habit of taking a bite out of celebrities, often, it seems, without even thinking. In February, the singer Adele was smacked from Lagerfeld's loose lips, declared to be "a little too fat."
He even likes to bite the hands that feed his empire. When he unveiled his 'Olympic' collection this week, he insists he'll not waste any time following the sports.
"I like the idea (of the Games)," he said. "I like the people, but the performances, they are something of a little unhuman."
Speaking of unhuman, that's the impression Barbara Walters has of Queen Elizabeth after watching her at the Olympic opening ceremony.
Speaking on the "The View," the queen of U.S. celebrity interviewers, gave the monarch some points for her Bond girl send-up with OO7 Daniel Craig, but, like Lagerfeld, let her stream of consciousness take her up a creek she just couldn't stay away from.
"Let me tell you my thing with the Queen," said Walters. "I agree that the whole thing with Daniel Craig was funny, but let me tell you my problem with her: This is a woman who does not know how to smile."
Noting her expression as a children's group sang "God Save the Queen," Walters suggested it wouldn't have "killed this woman" to crack a smile. "It's such a sour face."
On a roll, Walters, who is just four years younger than the 86-year-old Queen, went after her wardrobe: “She is 86, but she dresses like something out of the 19th century. The pink dress with the pink plume, but then the black gloves and the black bag — what does the Queen keep in that bag anyway? She never changes.”
It's one thing to hear that talk from a Brit. Quite another from a Yank, and online readers of the UK's Daily Mail were quick to hit back.
Wrote one: "Baba Wawa in some not very fine moments the camera took of her. So sit yourself down & hush up Baba. With the dusty skeletons in your closet Baba you are the least to talk. Show some respect!"