Bigger breasts by retouching the image of the female politician
Bigger breasts by retouching the image of the female politician: The manipulated photo of Australian MP Georgie Purcell is causing anger. “Can anyone imagine that this could happen to a male MP?” asks the politician.
- An Australian news channel has come under fire after doctoring the image of a female MP.
- In the shot, Victoria state Upper House member Georgie Purcell has larger breasts and an exposed midriff.
- The broadcaster blamed Photoshop for the faux pas.
An Australian news channel has been accused of sexism by an edited photo of a female politician. 9News Melbourne, part of Australia’s Nine Network, apologized on Tuesday for sharing a retouched photo of Victoria state Upper House member Georgie Purcell. The regional politician was supposed to appear sexier by editing the photo.
Purcell himself placed the original and edited versions of the photo against each other on online networks. She was wearing a white sleeveless summer dress, but in the edited version it was turned into a crop top with a matching skirt. An inserted gray shadow makes Purcell’s breasts appear larger.
«Note the enlarged breasts and that the outfit was made more revealing. Can anyone imagine that this could happen to a male MP?” said Purcell, who belongs to the animal protection party Animal Justice Party.
Photoshop is said to be to blame for everything
9News Melbourne boss Hugh Nailon attributed the gaffe to a technical issue. When cropping the original photo in the photo editing software Photoshop, “Photoshop’s automation created an image that did not match the original.” “This did not meet our high editorial standards and we apologize unreservedly to Ms. Purcell,” added the station boss.
The software company disputed the claim that its Photoshop program was to blame for the image manipulation. “Any changes to the image would have required human involvement and consent,” Australian media quoted an Adobe spokesman as saying.
Purcell told the Australian broadcaster that the incident left her unmoved and that such image manipulation “could be more detrimental to other women and should never happen again.” “Such things would never happen to male colleagues,” emphasized Purcell.
Victoria’s Prime Minister Jacinta Allan also criticized the fake photo. “This is no way to portray any woman, especially not a woman in public office,” the head of government told journalists. “We should think about the message this sends, particularly to young women.”
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