Mariah Carey meets Photoshopping Saudi censors


31 Responses to “Mariah Carey meets Photoshopping Saudi censors”

  1. deckard68 says:

    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]

  2. Brainspore says:

    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.

  3. Mister Eppy says:

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

  4. qatarperegrine says:

    Hey, these are remarkably good. Usually they just take a Sharpie to haram shit.

  5. Virion says:

    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.

  6. eliterrell says:

    Jellabiya kitty is a jellabiya.

  7. hassenpfeffer says:

    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.

  8. Anonymous says:

    And thus, the censors have now indicated that Mariah Carey likes puss-y-cat in her face.

  9. Anonymous says:

    The Saudi censors don’t like her “I NY” shirt?

  10. ecobore says:

    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!!

  11. theawesomerobot says:

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

  12. knoxblox says:

    Hmmm. I always thought the slang for those things on her chest was “puppies”.

  13. jungletek says:

    They way her eye looks ‘wrong’ as she’s slowly consumed is truly terrifying.

  14. jungletek says:

    The, even.

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  16. Anonymous says:

    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!

  17. kc0bbq says:

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


  18. hassenpfeffer says:

    Thanks, Xeni! You made my Monday!

  19. penguinchris says:

    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.

  20. MrsBug says:

    Call me crazy, but I kind of like some of the Saudi ones better.

  21. cory says:

    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.

  22. blueelm says:

    I like the one where it looks like a cat/starfish hybrid is digesting her.

  23. Anonymous says:

    why’d they wonk out her left eye in the second update

  24. drewand1200 says:

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

  25. sparklemotion says:

    I’m glad I’m not the only one who found the kitty picture terrifying.

    And I love kitties.

  26. danwarning says:

    Holy cow, they did a pretty great job, considering how difficult that type of thing is!

  27. danwarning says:

    And someone just changed the graphic included in this post! I wonder how to interpret THAT

  28. benher says:

    Maybe it’s time for the folks at Ralph Lauren to take an internship in Saudi Arabia?

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