It's pretty hard to make Kate Middleton look ugly. But the cover of the July 12 issue of The New Republic cheekily goes for the duchess' jugular -- well, just north of there: her teeth. The magazine has Photoshopped in a set of yellowed, decaying choppers -- the kind unkindly associated with Britons -- over Kate's typically Chiclet grin, turning her into the poster girl for the "rotten" state of her country's economic and political systems.
(This isn't the first time the Crown's canines have been publicly besmirched by Americans: Prince Charles' pout was depicted as a snaggle-toothed maw on The Simpsons.)
So was the smile satire in bad, uh, taste? The response abroad seems mixed, with tabloids shrieking "outrage" and commenters admitting they tittered. Clarence House, meanwhile, has remained mum on this grin-gate.