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GQ "Darkens" Obama on Cover

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Is that Barack Obama on the cover of the new GQ, or is it ... Bryant Gumbel? The Photoshop wizards over at GQ should have learned a lesson about artificially "darkening" people from the O.J. Simpson fiasco in the 1990s. To compound matters, this goes on top of the Beyonce "lightening" scandal earlier this year. Black people come in sooo many different hues, one can understand if due to lighting and such the images are off a little bit, but Obama is waaay more chocolate than he truly is in the GQ cover. Message to art director: Add a litte more vanilla, less mocha. Or perhaps they should stay away from the airbrush tool after all, or don't stop at Starbucks before heading into the office. Either way Obama's true complexion is fairer than most. Why is this so difficult? To be fair, this has happened to white men as well, most recently ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit earlier this autumn (which he demanded be redone). But seriously, we're not mad at GQ; they've got it right countless times before. Just remember, ease up on the airbrush.


Assertive Wit said...

Kate Winslet ripped a magazine a new one because they made her thinner than she really is. The image made her head look humongously big compared to her body...the insulting thing is that she isn't even hefty but they airbrushed her down so that she would look smaller. The real picture really didn't need a size reducing, to be honest. But you know the media...always presenting what they feel society needs to ingest...

November 18, 2008 at 9:02 AM
cindy lee jones said...

Wow great blog.
I agree but he looks good to me in any shade really... Love those kind eyes and gorgeous smile. Don't suppose you can you tell who I voted for.

November 21, 2008 at 10:03 AM

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