If you've been following some of the more banal Internet goings on over the past few months, you've probably heard about the Demi Moore W Magazine Photoshop fiasco. To refresh your memory, Moore appeared on the cover of the December issue with what appeared to be a chunk of her hip entirely missing from the photo. Many assumed it was an attempt to slenderize the actress.
Boing Boing published an article back in November
, shortly after the December issue of W hit the stands, positing that Moore's hip had been digitally reduced. The photo made the rounds on countless blogs, and the general sentiment was that something fishy was afoot. W Magazine, Moore, and her lawyers all emphatically claimed that the image was not altered.
Photoshopping of fashion photography is fairly standard (France even wants to include disclaimers on 'shopped images
.), but some of the exceptionally bizarre anatomies
digitally concocted by retouchers (many of whom have apparently never seen a naked human) often appear on the Internet to much LOLing (cf. Photoshop Disasters
Well, Boing Boing -- as well as a host of other sites questioning the actress's supposed bone structure -- just received a threatening letter from Moore's lawyers
, demanding that it remove the original posting. At the very same time, the January issue of South Korean W came off the presses, featuring the same image of Moore on the cover, but this time -- here's the kicker -- with a normal-person hip
Now, we are not suggesting that either the U.S. or the Korean version of W Magazine incorrectly presented the actual hip of Ms. Demi Moore. (You hear that, lawyers? Not trying to get litigious here.) But we would like to suggest that regardless of whether Moore's hip bone has a bizarre indentation or not, it is fascinating that South Korea got the version that more closely resembles a human's physique. Why? Because, according to a report earlier this month, one in five South Korean women intentionally starve themselves "to be beautiful."
So, kudos to W South Korea for giving its readers a more realistic ideal.
While it may seem like there are more pertinent issues in the world on which to focus -- like underwear bombs and 'Avatar' -- this Shakespearean pound of flesh
amounts to the reality of "truth" in advertising today. C'mon, W -- hath not the Internet eyes? [From: Boing Boing
, via: The Consumerist
Are These Games Too Sexy?
While recent game titles have attracted media attention for nudity and sexual situations, risque role-playing games have existed since PC gaming first began. Early games, such as 'Sex Games' for the Commodore 64, demanded specific commands, such as "remove pants," and required specific sequential actions to achieve one's nefarious goals. Currently, a plethora of games with bawdy scenes have invaded, or graced, the gaming world and vary in degrees of lewdness. Here are a few significant titles with prevalent or graphic bawdiness:
'God of War I & II:'
Press the right buttons, and gently twirl the thumbstick, to see the climax of mini-games in both God of War I and II for PS2 and PSP
'Grand Theft Auto III (consoles)'
The infamous "don't come a knockin'" prostitute scenes created a stir when GTA 3 was originally released for PS2.
'Leisure Suit Larry: Magna Cum Laude; Box Office or Bust' (for consoles):
These most recent incarnations continue to follow the exploits of love lorn Larry in versions for both PC and next gen consoles
'Leisure Suit Larry 3: Passionate in Pursuit of the Pulsating Pectorals' (for PC)
Released in 1989 for PCs, this third installment of the groundbreaking franchise of risque role playing preceded GTA 4 by 20 years when the title character shows the full Larry in an infamous shower scene
The backlash from FoxNews greatly exaggerated the tame innuendo and implied relations between the two sapphic lovers in Xbox's Mass Effect.
'Playboy: The Mansion' (consoles):
Disappointingly demure, perhaps the highlight of this sojourn to the mansion is playing photographer in this release for PC, PS2 and Xbox
Amazon removed listings for this disturbing, yet readily available in Japan, DVD-ROM in which the main character stalks and, to put it mildly, torments young girls.
'The Sims;' nude patch:
Denisons of young gamers were disappointed when learning that unblurred nudity in this game for PCs, consoles, and handhelds required downloading a censor patch
'Soul Calibur' (consoles):
The character Taki from the Soul Calibur franchise continues to titillate thousands of pubescent gamers in versions for every console.