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'Up-skirt crotch shot' is a new low

Celebrities must expect to pay a price for fame, but surely their nether regions should be off limits, says Julia Molony

Published 20/06/2010 | 05:00

It's become a staple of celebrity culture. The up-skirt crotch shot. The now familiar intimate glimpse of a starlet's anatomy distributed over the internet and achieved when a particularly predatory paparazzo focuses his lens underneath the skirt of a famous lady.

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Internet blogger Perez Hilton is the godfather of crotch-shot culture. He's the progenitor of snark. If you haven't heard the term, you will no doubt still be familiar with the concept. Snark is bitchiness as public entertainment, particularly when directed against the fashion choices, behaviour, or relationships of famous people, and it's now a staple of all celebrity commentary.

Hilton's blog is so powerful that Forbes has named him the most popular person on the internet for the third year running.

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