On Wednesday, the world was shocked by the death of screen legend Mary Tyler Moore. Although as TMZ reports, Moore had been on a respirator for a week, the public had not known her illness was so severe. Needless to say, many publications were forced to unexpectedly dust off the pre-written obituaries they had prepared for this occasion (this is done for most celebrities), and they had to do it in a hurry. But some feel that editors at People should have looked their obituary for Moore over again before they uploaded it.
People's obit for Moore begins with this cringeworthy paragraph:
Mary Tyler Moore, who played TV’s first sexy housewife and then a single, career woman who could turn the world on with her smile and toss her hat in the air like no other, died on Wednesday. She was 80.
The "first sexy housewife" line refers to Moore's breakout role as Laura Petrie on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which started when she was 23. While it's not necessarily incorrect, it does seem like a strange choice for the first thing to mention in an obituary.
The rest of the piece reads more respectfully, addressing Moore's long career as a powerful Hollywood figure both in front of and behind the camera, as well as her nearly 50-year struggle with diabetes, her family tragedies, and her charity work.
But that "sexy housewife" thing is still weird. She literally just died. They could have waited a day before talking about how hot she was.