We’ve seen over and over again that just because you take down something from the Internet, it never means that it’s truly gone. The most recent example of this is embarrassing for the E! network.
During actress Ellen Page’s moving and emotional coming-out speech
at an event for the Human Rights Campaign over the weekend, she mentioned an article that featured a picture of her wearing sweatpants on her way to the gym. The writer asks, “… why does this petite beauty insist on dressing like a massive man?”
It happens at the 3:00 mark in the video below:
Page had the decency not to mention the website that published the piece that she said perpetuates “pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we’re all supposed to act, dress and speak,” but the rest of the Internet wasn’t quite as kind.
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In fact, when people went digging for the article, they found that it had been taken down. Granted, that’s probably the right thing to do for E! Online, but the publication failed to apologize for it.
An E! spokesperson did issue this response to The Hollywood Reporter
The January 8 story was in the Fashion Police 'latest looks' section, which like the show, takes a comedic approach to celebrity fashion. The content for this section is updated regularly and the story was removed weeks ago, not in response to Ellen's speech.
The Hollywood Reporter
also points out that similar stories that were published at the time the Page story went up are still available online.