An Iranian news outlet is unhappy with Michelle Obama's Oscars appearance, but unlike me, they're not questioning why she was there in the first place, and are instead displeased with her dress. FLOTUS wore a gorgeous silver Naeem Khan design Sunday night, but when pictures reached the Muslim masses, Michelle Obama's image had been altered.
It's like one of those photo hunt games in bars that usually involve naked pictures behind sticky screens. Can you spot the difference in the pic above?
Of course you can. It's obvious that Fars, the Iranian media member in question, photoshopped a higher, fuller neckline on Mrs. Obama and added some short sleeves to the tank dress, as well.
While some may find the added clothing offensive, there's nothing new about the process. Muslim countries have photoshopped reality to match their standards of morals before, and they'll continue to do so in the future. I'd argue, in fact, that most news outlets, regardless of country or religion, routinely alter the facts to present a story that best suits their cause. Nothing is fair and balanced, no matter what side of the aisle you're on.
A rep from the State Department happens to agree. Even though the agency won't officially comment on the altered photo, a spokesman explained:
It's something that we've seen in the past here in this department. We've seen photos manipulated. We've seen official statements manipulated. So there would be nothing new.
You know what would be offensive, though? If they'd altered the photo to show extreme cleavage, or drawn a mustache on her face, or gave her bunny ears. Instead, they covered her up so that more people could see her, and if they think that's the right thing to do, it doesn't bother me.
News outlets morph, change, edit, manipulate, and exaggerate the facts all the time (who do they think they are, bloggers? heh heh) -- at least this Fars channel added more sparklies to the equation. I mean, everyone knows it's hard to argue with more glitter.
Are you offended that Michelle Obama's image was changed?
Photo via ABC