We here at The Gloss are strong advocates of calling out bad photoshop. After all, not only is it often hilarious, it can also be detrimental to viewers’ perspectives on what a body is “supposed’ to look like, particularly in the world of modeling. Everyone from Kate Upton to the cast of Pretty Little Liars to J. Crew models have been sliced and diced with the virtual knife, so it makes sense to make fun of (and analyze) how bad those hack jobs are. However, College Humor opted to make fun of a photoshop job and inadvertently wound up insulting a model’s breast instead.
A post titled “Looks Like This Ad Forgot to Photoshop the Other Boob” is up on their site right now and honestly, it’s kind of a bummer. The text of the post simply reads, “When learning photoshop, that dude was only half-listening.” Unfortunately, it looks like the writer (youfound404 on Reddit, whose original post was shared by College Humor on their website) was only half-reading–yes, that’s a terrible joke, but it is accurate nonetheless. An incredibly quick search could have revealed that the above photo does not involve bad photoshop; that is just how the model’s breasts are.
It sucks that neither the poster nor College Humor decided to simply search through ASOS to see a different photo of the model in question. In multiple photos, her breasts look the same (an analysis I feel creepy making, but boobs are boobs and I have them, too, and it’s not all that weird when you remember they’re just another body part). It could have to do with the particular lighting they put on her that entire photo shoot’s day, or her breasts could just be slightly asymmetrical like so many other women’s. It is not a negative thing; even Jennifer Lawrence has said hers are uneven. So are mine, and so are millions of other women’s. Buuuut that’s not really the point here.
The point is that instead of just trying to figure out if their observation was correct–a determination that would’ve been profoundly simple and quick–neither did so, and instead said that a lady’s breasts are such a way that they must be photoshopped. Other sites that have picked it up, such as UsVs.Th3m and Over3000, also neglected to just check out the model’s other photos on site. Instead, they gave some quick lulz of agreement, and that was it. Cool. And while I realize that the Reddit post is the original incorrect one, I guess I just expected a giant site like College Humor to have done some checking before sharing it.
I don’t think anybody intentionally meant to accuse a woman’s natural body of being photoshopped badly; that was obviously not why they posted this in the first place. Still, it would be like posting a photo of a plus-size model and saying, “Can you BELIEVE they photoshopped this girl to look like this?!?!” simply because the picture included a feature the viewer did not want to acknowledge as natural. C’mon, Internet–I love your ability to shame stupid companies for stupid photoshop, but be a little more careful por favor.