Photographer Calls Out NBC for Airbrushing Her Photos of Trans Swimmer to Look More “Feminine”
Erica Denhoff noticed something very strange during a broadcast which aired some photos that she had taken of infamous swimmer Lie Thomas.
Denhoff, the photojournalist who snapped the photos called out NBC for airbrushing the photos that she took to make Thomas look more like a woman.
At first, the journalist said she thought “something was honestly wrong with the video,” but after viewing the segment numerous times, she now believes the editing of her images was “intentional,” the Examiner detailed.
“When I first noticed the airbrushing on the segment referenced, I thought something was honestly wrong with the video. But then, I watched it again and thought, ‘Wait a minute, this appears to be intentional. Lia’s features are softened,’” Denhoff said. “I then went to my original photo, on the sites that they could access to license the photo, and compared it and immediately saw a difference.”
“It’s really important as photojournalists that we transmit authentic photos that have not been altered,” she emphasized.
Here’s the question that I have: Why bother doing this? Why do they feel that it would be better or necessary to soften his skin?
It’s quite clear if you ask me. They want to portray this young man as being more “feminine” even though they probably can’t define what that term means any more than Ketanji Brown Jackson can define what a woman is.
Soft and smooth skin gives the skin more of a feminine look because typically you see women wearing makeup and they typically don’t have thick facial hair like a man does so giving the skin a different complexion lends more credibility to the idea that this dude is supposed to be a woman.
They know that they are just fostering this delusion. This is proof of it. If this was what a woman really looked like, why edit it?