Australian MP shames TV station for altering photo of her breasts: ‘wouldn’t happen to male colleagues’
An Australian television news channel apologised “unreservedly” Tuesday for altering a photo of a state lawmaker, who complained it gave her “enlarged boobs” and a more revealing dress.
Georgie Purcell, upper house member of the Victorian state parliament, posted side-by-side versions of the original and the version edited by 9News Melbourne, part of Nine Network Australia.
In the edited version, which was broadcast on Monday evening, her white sleeveless dress has been transformed into a halter top and skirt, exposing her midriff.
A translucent light grey square transposed over part of the photo seems to accentuate the MP’s chest.
“I endured a lot yesterday. But having my body and outfit Photoshopped by a media outlet was not on my bingo card,” Purcell said in a post on X, formerly Twitter.
“Note the enlarged boobs and outfit to be made more revealing. Can’t imagine this happening to a male MP. What gives?”
9News Melbourne director Hugh Nailon said the channel’s graphics department had sourced an online photo of the MP for use in a story on duck hunting.
Purcell is the Animal Justice Party MP for Northern Victoria.
“As is common practice, the image was resized to fit our specs,” Nailon said.
“During that process, the automation by Photoshop created an image that was not consistent with the original,” he added, referring to US-based Adobe’s photo-editing software.
“This did not meet the high editorial standards we have and for that we apologise to Ms Purcell unreservedly,” Nailon said, describing it as a “graphic error”.
Adobe disagreed with the explanation.
“Any changes to this image would have required human intervention and approval,” an Adobe spokesperson said in a statement to Australian media.
Purcell said she did not believe