Mariah Carey meets Photoshopping Saudi censors

An image gallery of Photoshopically-censored Mariah Carey album covers, as sold in Saudi Arabia. Mariah! Beware the self-replicating censorkitty!

(via Ethan Zuckerman, originally from Ahmed Al-Omran, aka Saudi Jeans, Saudi Arabia's best English language blogger.)

Update: Shocked cat is shocked:

Update 2: Rob Beschizza found the rest of the images in this series. Censorkitty takes over.


  1. While I abhor the urge to censor and pretend sexuality doesn’t exist, most of these are well-done. The one with the cat made me laugh.. probably my favorite.

  2. Yeah, they’re surprisingly well done. The splash one even looks good, though I don’t know if it’s any less censored…

    I like the touch on the I <3 NY one, that must be the head of some portfolio.

  3. Anyone with mad ‘Shop skillz willing to paste Shocked Kitteh onto Blob Censorkitteh? ‘Cause frankly I don’t think Shocked Kitteh has yet outlived its memefulness.

  4. The cat picture has me making ‘splortch’ sounds in my head as I imagine it expanding out and absorbing her.


  5. In the source article, I noticed that they not only gave her sleeves and pants, but they removed the “I 3> NY” from her shirt. [sarcasm] I wonder why. [/sarcasm]

  6. If you think the Saudis are good with Photoshop you should see the American retouchers who digitally remove clothing from the models in Middle Eastern publications.

  7. hmmm… If they have to ‘shop a dude to make it more ‘haram-licous’, do you think they would use a rooster?

  8. Ha, reminds of flying into Saudi. I had some CDs with naked shoulders and customs used a big black marker to cover up the shoulders (but on the outside of the jewel case!) so inside the picture was untouched!!

  9. They did an amazing photoshop job for a lot of those covers. American Magazines should start outsourcing their photoshop work to Saudi Arabia, apparently.

  10. Funnily enough I had to go through Saudi customs a few years back when I went there for some video production work. Getting cameras, laptops and hard drives through customs was always going to be a challenge, and sure enough I was ushered backstage for a rigorous 45 minute search through all my tapes and files for anything remotely salacious.

    I spotted a pile of confiscated CDs – mostly hip-hop, rap and the like… but on top of the pile was a Mariah Carey album!

  11. Are you certain that those are not VaJayJay bubbles from a ninja… umm kitteh over running her face?

  12. Doesn’t anyone think these were probably actually done by retouchers hired by her label in the US? Why are we assuming that they’d bother to do such a good job in Saudi Arabia when they can just put black bars over it?

    Also, the “I heart NY” one would look really weird if they added in more shirt but didn’t remove the text – look again and try to imagine. It’d be quite difficult to move the I and the heart closer together realistically, so they just removed the text.

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