In my continuing effort to bring you the news weeks after it happens, there was recently a little brouhaha in the blogosphere when it was discovered a photo of incoming CBS news anchor Katie Couric was airbrushed to make her thinner.
If this was just some coke-addled celebrity on the cover of Maxim it would be no big deal since we all know those people could show up to a photo shoot with a goiter on the side of their neck and it would be airbrushed out. But because Katie Couric is a news person and news people are generally in the business of reporting the truth, or at least reading a teleprompter with lots of gravitas, this stirred up a reaction. Personally, I think it shows how much news and entertainment and public relations do blur into each other. Whenever I see a network news show doing a story on a popular TV show that just happens to air on that same network, I feel like I’m watching a paid advertisement just as much as if they were hawking the Flowbee.
However, in the interest of full disclosure, I have a confession to make. I was once on the PhotoShop diet too. It was years ago, before I ever started this blog. It’s a bit pricey, currently $649.00 for the latest upgrade, but it’s guaranteed to be the fastest way you’ll ever lose weight without having your arms cut off. It happened when I was putting pictures together for a collage frame. I wanted to include a picture of me and my oldest friend, but I looked really fat in the most recent photo of us. Which really shouldn’t have been such a surprise because I was really fat. Funny how that works out. So I booted up PhotoShop and with the help of the clone stamp, the lasso, the feather affect and some alpha layers I got this:
Yeah, that’s me and She-Ra. We go way back. She’s put on some pounds recently. There just hasn’t been much to do since they defeated the Evil Horde and restored freedom to Etheria. Fascists regimes might be bad for society, but rising up against them provide great opportunities for cardio workouts.
The altered photo is still in my photo collage which is on my desk at work. I look at that photo from time to time and laugh a little on the inside. Laughing out loud at my desk intermittently for no apparent reason might scare my co-workers. I think I did an okay job. The hardest part is getting rid of the fat around the face, but since this image was being printed out at a small size I didn’t have to do that great of a job.
So no hard feelings, Katie. None of us are naturally pixel perfect, not even She-Ra.