Update: story updated here on December 28, 2009, to include a response from legal representatives for Ms. Moore, and W Magazine.
Photographer Anthony Citrano recently pointed us to a possible Photoshop Disaster on the cover of W magazine's December issue, in which Demi Moore (aka @mrskutcher) appeared to be missing a chunk of flesh from her hip.
This reminded me of the Ralph Lauren debacle. Many blogs and news sites picked the item up. Over at Jezebel (they posted about it before BB), W magazine fessed to having altered the image, but "nothing out of the ordinary."
Anthony Citrano replies: "I feel bad that Demi is on defense - she should not have to defend other people's mistakes; W Magazine should be addressing this rather than her." Citrano offers $5,000 to the charity of her choosing if the image she tweeted is provably the unretouched original.
Citrano's full reply and details on the thrown-down-gauntlet follow. All of this, by the way, IS VRY SRS BIZNESS.
To reiterate, Demi is a beautiful woman who needs no help from retouching. This was never about her, nor about retouching - I have no problem with either.
Further, I feel bad that Demi is on defense - she should not have to defend other people's mistakes; W Magazine should be addressing this rather than her.
Having said that, she did raise the stakes considerably yesterday by posting what she claims is the original unretouched shot, along with the accusation that "these people" (presumably Xeni and me) are "bullshitting."
Well, whether or not her hip was botched, I do not believe for a moment that the image Demi posted yesterday is the original shot.
If she's aware of that - and I expect she is - it's irresponsible (and silly) of her to make that assertion.
So, I'll see her move and raise her $5,000: if the shot she posted yesterday is really the unretouched original, I will donate $5,000 to a charity of her choosing.
Let's see who's "bullshitting", shall we?
Whaddya say, Demi? Are we on?
Boing Boing editor/partner and tech culture journalist Xeni Jardin hosts and produces Boing Boing's in-flight TV channel on Virgin America airlines (#10 on the dial), and writes about living with breast cancer. Diagnosed in 2011. @xeni on Twitter. email: firstname.lastname@example.org.