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Complainant Name:
Ms Katie Price and Peter Andre

Clauses Noted: 6, 12

Publication: Heat

Complaint:

Ms Katie Price and Peter Andre complained, through Lee and Thompson solicitors, that the magazine had published a sticker, which showed Katie’s young son Harvey with the imposed speech bubble “Harvey wants to eat me!”. In the complainants’ view, this sticker was intrusive in breach of Clause 6 (Children) of the Code. It also constituted a prejudicial and pejorative reference to Harvey’s disability, as Harvey was – unfortunately – a sufferer of the condition known as septo-optic dysplasia, one of the effects of which was to make him overweight.

Resolution:

The complaint was resolved when the magazine apologised privately to the complainants, published an apology online and the following text in the hard copy:

“Last week, we included 50 free stickers with the magazine. One of these was a head shot of Harvey Price, son of Katie Price (aka Jordan), with the words “Harvey wants to eat me!”. It was never our intention to cause offence to Harvey’s family and friends nor to you, our readers. In particular, it was never our aim to make fun of Harvey’s disabilities. We now accept that the decision to include this sticker was a mistake and we recognise that it has caused offence, not only to Katie and Peter Andre, but to a number of readers. Immediately following publication, we apologised unreservedly to Katie and Peter. We wish to apologise publicly to Harvey, Katie and Peter for any embarrassment and distress caused. heat has voluntarily decided to make a donation to The Vision Charity, an organisation that Katie and her family have worked with over a number of years, as a mark of its regret”.

Report: 76



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