Thursday, October 19, 2017

‘Womanwashing’ entertainment trend continues

Whenever a non-white character is played by a white actor in a movie such as “Ghost in the Shell,” critics call it “whitewashing.”
What should we call the recent trend of taking roles made famous by men and recasting them with women? Womenwashing?
I last wrote about the trend in February, during production of “Ocean’s Eight,” the female reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven” starring Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett and Anne Hathaway. That flick is due out next June.
Since that last post there have been other projects announced or proposed that follow the womanwashing trend.
Here is a list of recent projects:
  • “Ghostbusters” (2016), female reboot of the Ghostbusters franchise
  • “Ocean’s Eight” (2018), female reboot of “Ocean’s Eleven” (2001)
  • “Nasty Women” (2018), remake of “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” (1988) starring Anne Hathaway and Rebel Wilson
  • “Magnum P.I.” sequel focusing on Thomas Magnum’s daughter for ABC
  • “What about Barb?”, remake of “What about Bob?” (1991) recast with a female lead for NBC
  • “The Greatest American Hero” remake with a female lead for ABC
  • “The Expendabelles,” female version of the action series “The Expendables”
  • “21 Jump Street” female version
  • “The Rocketeer” reboot with a female lead
  • “The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen” reboot with female cast
  • “Lord of the Flies” gender-flip remake
  • “Kung Fu” sequel with a female lead
  • “The Nice Guys” remade as a female-led TV drama series
Photo: Fan art of a possible "Expendabelles" poster.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Clickbait sirens: The lovely ladies of content promotion

I can’t speak to what clickbait women respond to, but men are suckers for pretty ladies.
That helps explain the numerous clickbait posts with photos of attractive women that I see online.
What follows are some of the recent examples of clickbait hotties I’ve come across.
Some feature returning favorites like pole-vaulter Allison Stoke and former UCLA cheerleader MaCall Manor.

Stokke, 28, is now a sportswear model and GoPro sponsored athlete. (See her Instagram and Wikipedia pages.)

Manor is now a professional dancer and cheerleader for Los Angeles Rams. (See her Instagram and LinkedIn pages.)

Clickbait companies like sexy athletes. Here’s an example featuring MMA fighter Paige VanZant.

Clickbait purveyors also love to use busty models, such as Russian model Valenti Vitel. (See her Facebook page and this collection of pictures on Pinterest.)

Sometimes clickbait companies use historical hotties that young men today don’t know about it.
Outbrain recently featured Ewa Aulin, a Swedish actress active in the late 1960s and early 1970s. It used a photo of Aulin from 1969 for an article titled “Rarely seen historical photos not suitable for history books.”
(See her Wikipedia page.)

Often attractive women in clickbait photos go unidentified.
Lately pictures of “grid girls” from racing events have been used to catch attention.
The girls in skin-tight green jumpsuits are from the Sao Paulo Indy 300 race in Brazil in 2012.
The girls in red and white dresses are from the Formula One Grand Prix in Budapest, Hungary, in 2016.

As for this last one, I have no idea who she is.

Related articles:

Clickbait favorites: Porn stars, glamor models and Playboy Playmates (July 3, 2017)

The Girls of Clickbait (May 17, 2017)

Clickbait cliche: Photos that almost broke the internet (March 30, 2017)

Clickbait cuties: Sexy female athletes (March 28, 2017)

Clickbait cuties: The sexy sirens of sponsored articles (March 27, 2017)

Anastasia Kvitko is the cover girl for lying clickbait (Feb. 18, 2017)

Clickbait cliche: The crowd got more than it bargained for (Feb. 3, 2017)

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lying clickbait tactics: Photoshopped fakes, misidentifications

Mariam Offersgaard should be angry.
A Photoshopped picture of the retired Danish gymnast is being used in a clickbait post by Revcontent titled “Most shocking women on Earth (viewer discretion advised).”
The doctored picture makes her look like the Incredible Hulk. Instances of this photo online appear to outnumber the original picture posted below.
I’ve seen that happen with a lot of Photoshopped pictures online.
Offersgaard was part of the Danish national gymnastics team from 2004 through 2010. She now works as a gymnastics trainer and physiotherapist in Norway.

What follows are other recent examples of lying clickbait that I’ve spotted online.

Another Revcontent article titled “New rule in Great Falls, Virginia, leaves drivers fuming” uses a photo of a woman in an orange dress being arrested.
The picture is actually a bad Photoshop job of a stock photo that has nothing to do with Great Falls, Va. The photo is offered on stock image websites as “Bride is arrested on her wedding day” and credited to Zimiri. Someone changed the color of the white dress to orange for the clickbait article.

A recent Taboola article titled “There’s a good reason why the Amish keep these secrets hidden” used a photo of actress Kelly McGillis from the 1985 movie “Witness.”

A sponsored article by Revcontent titled “15 actors you didn’t know were gay” uses a photo of Tom Cruise and John Travolta, neither of whom has come out as gay.
Cruise and Travolta have faced persistent rumors that they are gay, but if either were to come out as homosexual it would be big news. They’d likely get magazine covers like Ellen DeGeneres did in 1997.
However, even if Cruise and Travolta were gay, I’m sure their religion Scientology would have “cured” them by now.

An article by Revcontent titled “He took his own life and no one said a word” uses a photo of former reality TV star Jon Gosselin. He’s still alive though his ex-wife might wish he were dead.

A Revcontent article titled “She never mentions her other daughter, here’s why” uses a picture of Kris Jenner and a woman who is not her daughter.
Jenner has five daughters: Kourtney, Kim, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. She also has a son, Robert.
The woman pictured with Jenner in the clickbait article had been arrested on a drunk driving charge. The mugshot has been featured on websites that like to post photos of attractive criminal suspects.

Finally an article titled “After losing 250 lbs. Rebel Wilson is unbelievably gorgeous” uses a photo of actress Wilson side-by-side with English model Iskra Lawrence. They are definitely not the same person.
By the way, one online website estimates Wilson’s weight to be 291 pounds, so losing 250 pounds would be a tad difficult.
This isn’t the first time Wilson has been used in weight-loss clickbait articles.
Last November, a Taboola article titled “After losing 200 lbs. Rebel Wilson is actually gorgeous!” used a Photoshopped picture of Wilson.
In February, a Taboola article “After losing 220 lbs. Rebel Wilson is gorgeous now” paired a photo of Wilson with California model Mikayla Carr.

Friday, October 13, 2017

President Trump depicted as Nazi, racist, insane on latest magazine covers

Nine months after taking office as the 45th president of the United States, Donald Trump continues to be vilified by the press.
In his first 60 days in office, 62% of the media coverage of Trump was negative, according to the Pew Research Center. That compares with 20% negative coverage for Barack Obama and 28% each for George W. Bush and Bill Clinton. (See article “Do The Media Hate Trump? Yes, And From The Very Start Of His Presidency, New Survey Shows.”)
Magazine covers featuring President Trump have been mostly negative, too.
What follows is the latest batch of Trump magazine covers since my August post on the subject. (See “Magazine covers depict President Trump as warmonger, KKK member and mental patient.”)
As usual, the harshest magazine covers featuring Trump come from outside the U.S.
German news magazine Stern depicted Trump giving a Nazi salute while draped in an American flag on its Aug. 24 issue.
The cover headline “Sein Kampf,” or “His Struggle” is a play on Adolf Hitler’s 1925 book “Mein Kampf.”
British news magazine The Week portrayed Trump as a Confederate general (Sept. 1), NFL critic (Oct.6) and sex abuser (Oct. 20).
U.S. news magazine Newsweek presented Trump as insane (Sept. 29) and godless (Oct. 13).

Monday, October 2, 2017

Who is this stunning redhead? Model, author, dental hygienist?

One of my hobbies is tracking down the origins of photos used with clickbait articles and online advertisements.
A few weeks ago, I saw a photo of an attractive woman with red hair, blue eyes and lots of freckles and tried to figure out who she was.
Long story short: I was not successful.
I’m now hoping that I can solve the mystery by posting this article and seeking feedback. (Feel free to reply in the moderated comments section below or by emailing me.)
The first time I saw this redhead’s photo was with a sponsored link by Taboola titled “5 online dating sites that actually work.”
Doing image searches I was able to find the photo and others from possibly three photo shoots. Those photos were at one time available on stock image services like Shutterstock and Fotolia.
Her photos have really gotten around online. She has been used to promote dental hygiene, dermatology, cosmetics and online dating.
Her photo is even used on the author page for a mystery writer named M.C. Grant on Grant has written three books about the “action-packed adventures of Dixie Flynn, a wise-cracking reporter for San Francisco’s top alternative weekly.”
But unlike hardnosed reporter Dixie Flynn I was unable to crack the case of the stunning redhead.
A photographer named Alexis Zimmermann, based in Strasbourg, France, included one of the redhead’s photos on his website. But he told me via email that he did not take that photo, but obtained it through a stock photo service.
Another artist, Raidenphotos on DeviantArt, did some touchup work on the picture, but is not the originator of the photo.
Max Petrov, a photographer in Samara, Russia, included three photos of the woman on his website. He identifies her as Julia, but provides no details.
I reached out to Petrov, but he has yet to respond.
Can anyone solve this mystery?

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Lying clickbait: Fake locations, fake historical photos

Lying clickbait never rests, so neither can I.
Here are the latest examples I’ve seen while surfing the web.

A sponsored article titled “20 places on Earth you’re not allowed to visit ever” could have included a photo from one of many interesting locations. Instead it chose a Photoshopped fake.
The article used a picture where a star-shaped island was added next to Hawaii’s Molokini Crater reef. The result is an island formation that looks like the star and crescent symbol of Islam.

A Taboola sponsored article promising “actual Wild West photos” uses a modern photo taken by Ed Ross.
Ross, who died last year, used the Collodion process or wet-plates for his final eight years of work. By replicating the early photographic process, Ross created images that looked historical. (See articles by Nerve and Juxtapoz.)

Another article titled “Old love, new life: Finally ties the knot at 68” used a photo of actors Robert Redford and Meryl Streep. They are not married to each other as the headline implies and neither married at 68, for that matter.

The next three examples are variations on lying clickbait that I’ve seen for some time.

A Revcontent sponsored article titled “25 final photos taken before tragedy struck” used another picture from Brazil’s Pedra do Telegrafo. The rock cliff is just a few feet off the ground, but photos can make it look like people on it are in danger.
(See earlier examples from posts on July 31 and Sept. 10.)

A Taboola article titled “Historical WW2 photos that are pretty unnerving” used a picture of model Dee Marie taken in 2014 by photographer Mark Goodman. (See earlier examples from posts on Nov. 16, 2016, and March 19.)

Finally, a Taboola sponsored article titled “65 rare historical photos are truly unnerving” used a photo of actress Brigitte Bardot with Jacques Charrier in Saint Tropez in 1959. The only thing unnerving about Bardot is what an absolute smokehouse she was.

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