Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Grading the New York Times On a Curve

In their Golden Globes wrapup, the New York Times takes potshots at the weight of several of the stars on the red carpet, including Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox, and Kate Hudson.

I got to see parts of the Golden Globes as Mrs. Lawhawk had the show up on the tv in the background and I have no idea what show the Times' reporters were watching, but all three looked great. And to criticize them because of a little weight is asinine. Better to have a few curves than appear anorexic. It's little wonder that so many people have image issues and weight control issues when media outlets run stories such as this.

Speaking of curves, Christina Hendricks (from Mad Men) also comes in for scrutiny in particular, and they attempt to make their editorial point in writing and by distorting Hendricks' photo (aka photoshopping) to make her appear even bigger than in real life - expanding the proportions of her body).

Seriously? WTF? I've never seen the show, but she's a hottie. The photo on the left is the one taken from the NY Times site, and the one on the right appears to be the original photo. The photo on the right appears to have more natural colors and significantly different proportions, while the photo on the left has exaggerated certain features as if to make a point about the dress she wore.

As per the comments at Gothamist and Lidane at LGF, the NYT also went after actor Michael C. Hall for wearing a knitted cap during the event (he won Best Performance by an Actor In A Television Series) . Turns out that Hall is being treated for Hodgkin's lymphoma. Stay classy NYT.

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