David Beckham: How He's Portrayed By the Media

Daniel PuseljCorrespondent IJune 4, 2009

LONDON - APRIL 01:  David Beckham of England gestures during the FIFA 2010 World Cup Group 6 Qualifying match between England and Ukraine at Wembley Stadium on April 1, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

I was given an assignment and my task was to write a feature article on how a famous person is portrayed by the media. Please read the article and at the end act as a teacher and grade me.


David Robert Joseph Beckham, born on May 2, 1975, is an English football player who cannot go anywhere without the paparazzi following him.

Today we will be looking at how the media is portraying him.

David Beckham grew up in a family of Manchester United supporters and attended Sir Bobby Charlton’s football school, where he once had the chance to attend one of FC Barcelona’s training sessions. At the age of 16, David played in many games for Man U’s junior team. During that season, his game elevated to a degree that his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, promoted him to the first team.

His media credentials increased massively when Beckham later married the then named Victoria Adams (Posh Spice) on July 4, 1999 in a low-key function in Ireland.

They have since then had three children named Brooklyn, Romeo and Cruz. They currently live in Beverley Hills.

Ever since his marriage to Victoria his life has been full of controversies. There have been rumors of having affairs with other women, and also the troubles of which club he would end up playing for.

The media have been portraying him in positive ways as well as negative ways.

He currently has many sponsors including Adidas, Coty, Empirio Armani, Motorola and Sharpie. He is a self-confessed metro-sexual and has been described as much by scores of other articles.

The first real controversy started when Sir Alex allowed Beckham to miss training to care for his sick son Brooklyn, who was suffering a stomach infection. Beckham was eventually fined $80,000 U.S. dollars after his wife was spotted at a week long fashion show.

That incident caused a really bad personal tension between the two men and it escalated even more when Arsenal beat Manchester United. That resulted in Sir Alex accidentally kicking a football boot in Beckham’s face causing facial wounds that required stitches.

In April 2004, many English newspapers claimed David was having an affair with his personal assistant at the time, Rebecca Loos. A week later, the Malaysian-born Australian woman Sarah Marbeck claimed that she had slept with David on two occasions, which David quickly dismissed as ludicrous.

There was never any proof of these allegations.

On Jan. 11, David confirmed that he was heading to play for the Los Angeles Galaxy.

This sparked worldwide debates and discussions on what his real reasons for going to LA were. His first season in the U.S. was a bad one with him getting a couple of injuries limiting his playing time.

One of the latest controversies surrounding David Beckham has been with a member of the paparazzi (Emicles De Mata) suing David and his bodyguard for assault, battery, and intentional infliction of emotional distress.

As much as he's been portrayed badly, he has also been portrayed positively with his charitable work. Beckham had been a supporter of UNICEF since his days at Manchester United.

In Jan. 2005, Beckham became a Goodwill Ambassador with a special focus on UNICEF’s Sports for development program. The media has given him a lot of praise for always wearing long sleeve shirts to cover up his tattoo—so nobody would get offended.

With David Beckham having a topsy-turvy career, it is clear that we have been hearing more bad news than good news about him throughout his career.

Although with the great work David has done, it is justifiable that David is a paparazzi’s dream ever since marrying Victoria Beckham.

Perhaps the increased attention has influenced his career choices and life choices in more bad ways than good.