Mrs Clooney: Kardashian or Kennedy?
The new Kim Kardashian or the new Jackie Kennedy? That’s the debate raging around George Clooney’s new wife, Amal Alamuddin.
One week after she tied the knot with one of Hollywood’s most desirable actors, accomplished human rights lawyer Alamuddin was viciously lambasted for her nuptials in Venice.
“Amal has taken to her new-found fame like a duck to water, radiating ‘in love’ while she struts her stuff in surprisingly short couture dresses,” Natalia Naish, the co-founder of the website that propelled Alamuddin to fame wrote in a searing critique. “As the details of their four-day wedding emerge – the caseloads of tequila, the neverending parade of Amal’s designer dresses, the boatloads of grinning celebrities, and the $13 million (R147 million) price tag – it all begins to seem slightly unseemly and in-your-face,” Naish writes.
“The problem I have with the Clooney wedding was not the excessiveness per se, but the back-patting smugness that has accompanied the courtship and ceremony. Even though George and Amal careened around George Clooney and Venice in speedboats and sold their wedding Amal Alamuddin photos to glossy magazines, they received none of the tut-tutting that was directed at Kim Kardashian [when she got married].” But other news outlets were quick to spring to Alamuddin’s defence. Australian news and entertainment website news.com.au dubbed her “so much better” than Jackie Kennedy (wife of former US president John F Kennedy) or legendary actress Audrey Hepburn.
They pointed out that Business Woman website had announced the wedding as Internationally Acclaimed Barrister Amal Alamuddin Marries an Actor, thanks to Alamuddin’s stellar reputation in human rights law, fluency in English, French and Arabic, and accomplished academic career.
“The woman is a brilliant lawyer, jaw-droppingly beautiful, perspicacious, principled, passionate about human rights,” said writer Kathy Lette, who is married to Alamuddin’s colleague Geoffrey Robertson. “Clooney is very, very lucky to have her.”
– Staff reporter