It was reported originally by the Times, which has the same publisher as The Sun, that said Friday’s edition of the tabloid would be the last to carry images of topless women.
The paper claims that it has had a ‘mammary lapse,’ after ‘babes’ in bikinis were featured on Page 3 on Tuesday this week, rather than a topless model.
Many media outlets reported the break in tradition for the paper, some claiming it was a win for female rights campaigners, and some discussing the issues the pulled page would have on free speech.
In today’s Page 3, the sun has printed under the header ‘Clarifications and Corrections:
“Further to recent reports in all other media outlets, we would like to clarify that this Page 3 and this is a picture of Nicole, 22, from Bournemouth.
We would like to apologise on behalf of the print and broadcast journalists who have spent the last two days talking and writing about us.”
The Twitter spokesperson for The Sun wrote on Twitter
I said that it was speculation and not to trust reports by people unconnected to The Sun. A lot of people are about to look very silly...— Dylan Sharpe (@dylsharpe) January 21, 2015
The Labour MP, Stella Creasy compared the topless comeback to a ‘letchy uncle.’
So Sun going back to doing #page3? bit like drunken letchy uncle at a wedding who doesn’t get the message. Makes everyone uncomfortable..— stellacreasy (@stellacreasy) January 21, 2015
The campaign which was celebrating a momentary win No More Page 3, has now said the ‘fight may be back on.’
Critics are claiming that the whole debate of by printing or not printing the daily topless pictures was a PR stunt.
Communications expert, James Hutchinson joined Wake Up London to talk about the reaction to the papers decision to re-publish topless pictures.