Buxom songstress Katy Perry wasn't quite buxom enough for the art
director at Rolling Stone. The magazine digitally altered a number of
Perry's anatomical assets, as shown by a rapidly circulating
before-and-after juxtaposition. Apparently having breasts too bulbous
for Sesame Street
still doesn't make the grade for Rolling Stone. Cue the outrage:
- 'This Is Terrible,' says Lourtneycove, who first posted the GIF to her Tumblr blog:
beautiful to begin with. Why does her skin have to be silky smooth? Her
boobs pushed up? They even took off her sock in the ‘enhanced’ one. Her
stomach. Her fingers. Her moles are removed from her neck. Lines
removed from her underarm. Is it so bad not to be perfect? I see
absolutely nothing wrong with the before picture. She’s absolutely
beautiful. Why does the media see fit to change that? No wonder why
society is messed up.
- It's Just Disappointing, writes Justin Fenner
at Styleite: "We must sound like broken records at this point, but
really? Like her or not, Katy Perry is absurdly beautiful as is — and
we’re deeply saddened by the fact that Jann Wenner and company really
thought she needed these 'improvements.'"
- This Was Unnecessary—But It Did Help , says Chris Spags
at Guyism "If you compare the 'after' to the 'before', it’s sort of
like looking at someone who looked at the Ark of the Covenant, but just
really briefly. And then put a sock on her right foot for no reason."
- 'Ahh,' moans Edith Zimmerman at The Hairpin: "I can't stop staring at this. The fingers!"
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