Talking Point - Should Photoshop be BANNED?

26 October 2010

Rachael Leigh Cook (of ‘She’s all that’ fame and, umm, what has she done since the nineties?) is now using her (copious amounts) of free time to fight for women’s rights – namely the perils of photoshop.

At a recent ‘Healthy Media’ Summit in DC she said photoshopping should be illegal. ‘It is false advertising – and false advertising in a crime.’

‘I think it's an absolute travesty that young women are seeing what the media is feeding them,’ Rachel continued, ‘It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false.’

The actress admitted she’s struggled with body issues in the past and was a plump teenager then ‘veered too far in the other direction’ in her twenties.

Indeed she goes as far as saying women should be given photoshop tutorials, so they understand the trickery behind the images.

‘Nothing that you see is real,’ she said, ‘If you saw these actors in person, you wouldn't even recognize them as the people you see on TV. It's just all a complete illusion and maybe it should be viewed as art, the way that art isn't real. The way that a picture of a rose can be beautiful, but it's not a real rose.’

The French parliament are considering putting disclaimers on photoshopped images - similar to the warning on cigarette packets – because they’re worried about the influence they have on young women.

Do you agree photoshopping is that unhealthy? We want to hear your thoughts…

 - Amy Molloy


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