Betty on the News: Image of Ultra Thin Ralph Lauren Model Sparks Outrage
Consumers are getting more and more infuriated by pictures of women that appear to have been altered in some form, and a new image featured in a Ralph Lauren advertisement certainly isn’t helping matters.
Filippa Hamilton, the model shown in the image above, is so incredibly disproportioned that her head actually looks larger than her waist.
Boing Boing‘s Xeni Jardin posted the Ralph Lauren ad on September 29, which initially appeared on a blog dedicated to highlighting suspected retouched images called Photoshop Disasters.
The photo was accompanied by the comment “Dude, her head’s bigger than her pelvis,” and once Mr. Lauren caught wind of it he filed a Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) complaint against both sites, alleging that their use of the ad was a copyright infringement that fell outside of the Fair Use Laws — which permits the media to duplicated creative content for the sake of commentary.
Google Blogspot, the Internet service provider that hosts Photoshop Disasters, removed the post, while Boing Boing editor Cory Doctorow opted to send a warning to Lauren on the site, claiming the corporation’s stab at silencing their criticism has only motivated them to step up their efforts in the future.
The warning, issued Wednesday, reads:
“Copyright law doesn’t give you the right to threaten your critics for pointing out the problems with your offerings. You should know better. And every time you threaten to sue us over stuff like this, we will:
a) Reproduce the original criticism, making damned sure that all our readers get a good, long look at it, and;
b) Publish your spurious legal threat along with copious mockery, so that it becomes highly ranked in search engines where other people you threaten can find it and take heart; and
c) Offer nourishing soup and sandwiches to your models.”
Wow, how do you think Lauren should respond? (Shine.yahoo.com)