I make this mistake when I do “head transfer” photoshops, too. You’d be surprised how hard it is to judge the size and how even minor adjustments to it can make the new image look absurd. Whoever was responsible for the fake Michelle bikini shot shrunk the ‘shopped-in head a bit to reflect the fact that the woman in the picture is leaning backward, such that her upper extremities should appear slightly smaller than the rest of the body. But he/she overdid it, and so you’re left with that Reuters-worthy abortion.
There are two ways we could play this, I guess. One: call a libel lawyer, point them to Alex Pareene’s earlier post about Michelle and ping-pong balls, and see if we can’t fashion a little “actual malice” from the pattern here. Or two: fire with fire. It’d be a shame to have to go that route, but this nonsense has to stop.
I promise you this, though. If it does come to that, the shocking! new! photos! we “discover” and circulate will be a lot more convincing than that amateur-hour crap currently running on Gawker Inc.
Here’s the column Michelle wrote about Charlotte Church that inspired all this, by the way. Or rather, here’s the column Michelle wrote about Charlotte Church that Muller and Layne used as a pretext to run that photoshop of Michelle. It’s “hypocritical,” you see, for a woman who’s worn a bikini to criticize celebrities for selling sex to children. Why? Because women who wear bikinis are whores.
Update: Charles says he knows what it’s like to have one’s head photoshopped onto the body of a woman.
Update: Okay, I guess this is how it’s going to be, then. Remember who started it.