Saturday, 17 March 2012

Merch-ing Russell's muscle tussle

Online promotion for the official Kony 2012 "Meltdown Kit".

Co-founder of Invisible Children, Jason Russell, who created  the viral "Kony 2012" film, is undergoing care in a psychiatric hospital after San Diego police were called to a bizarre incident on Thursday.

The filmmaker was taken into custody after neighbours reported him running around in his underpants, then eventually naked, masturbating, and repeatedly shouting "Everybody Wang Chung". Police took him to a mental health facility for observation.

In keeping with Russell's primary goal, "to make Kony famous", the marketing-savvy charity has released a heavily branded Meltdown Kit to be distributed to interested followers.

According to a spokesperson, "Jason's meltdown made headlines around the world. It's not everyone's cup of tea but if we can convince just a small percentage of our supporters to engage in similar public displays on April 20th, the media coverage will be unprecedentedly massive."

The kits, containing a range of masturbatory paraphernalia and customisable follow-up press release, are available for US$30.

Wednesday, 4 January 2012

Hutton done up as glam

Deborah Hutton silences critics by releasing the pre-Photoshopped cover photo.

After widespread condemnation over her glamorous naked appearance on the cover of Women's Weekly, Deborah Hutton insists the original, undoctored photograph (above) will be used for the remainder of the January issue's print run.

"Initially we retouched the image slightly to soften a few minor blemishes," said the feisty 50-year-old.

"But the reaction from the anti-Photoshopping army was way over the top, so just to shut people up, we've reverted to the original photo. It's not worth the drama.

"I'm happy with my body. I mean, we all have flaws, especially at my age. But I found a pose I was comfortable with, one that concealed my areas of insecurity.

"Then we just removed some sun spots. That's all. And maybe lightened the whites of my eyes. But you know, it's all me and it's all natural.

Photoshop of horrors: first edition of the cover that sparked media controversy.

"Oh, I also had a residual g-string line from the spray tan so we took that out. And some tiny scars from my breast augmentation surgery were airbrushed, just to keep it tasteful. Possibly some minor dimpling in the arse was evened out. All small things. Totally inconsequential. And my Botox track marks have been de-emphasised.

"We're trying to focus a story on women and self-confidence in body image. If people can't see that, I don't know what's wrong with them."