plain weird

Notice anything odd about this photo?

Jezebel: Ultra Orthodox Hasidic newspaper Der Tzitung is telling its readers like it isn’t – by editing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from the now-iconic Bin Laden raid Situation Room photo. Oy vey.

The religious paper never publishes pictures of women, as they could be considered “sexually suggestive.” Apparently the presence of a woman, any woman, being all womanly and sexy all over the United States’ counterterrorism efforts was too much for the editors of Der Tzitung to handle.

…Audrey Thomason, the counterterrorism analyst seen peeking out from behind another onlooker in the back of the original photo, was also airbrushed away, due to all of the sexy man-tempting that her very presence in a photograph would do.

Full post here


CBS: Brooklyn-based Hasidic newspaper Der Zeitung has apologized for publishing an iconic photograph of President Obama and his national security team with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and National Security team member Audrey Tomason photoshopped out.

….Der Zeitung has now released a statement saying that “we should not have published the altered picture, and we have conveyed our regrets and apologies to the White House and to the State Department”….

…The newspaper offered kind words for Clinton and said it respects all government officials, but that religious considerations prevent it from showing images of women.

“In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status. Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility, and our policies are guided by a Rabbinical Board. Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”


I think I prefer this photo:

Thanks Fred!

33 Responses to “plain weird”

  1. May 9, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    ALL women were edited out… They are equal opportunity discriminators.

    “Clinton and counterterrorism director Audrey Tomason, who was seen standing at the back of the room, were removed from the picture.”

  2. 3 Fred
    May 9, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    yeah the sexism by this “newspaper” is so damn blatant it ain’t even funny

    May 9, 2011 at 3:13 pm


  4. 5 Blackman
    May 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm


    To paraphrase “Right Said Fred” of old…

    S.O.S. Clinton and Director Tomason.

    They’re too sexy for the press!!!

    TOO much!!

  5. 7 Sonjia Duncan
    May 9, 2011 at 3:30 pm

    Women in a picture would lead to…. what??
    This is the 21st Century.

  6. 8 GGail
    May 9, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Old world thinking – scary, very scary

  7. 10 CEB
    May 9, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Too bad for them that women outnumber men world-wide. We are out of the bottle and cannot be stuffed us in; we have outgrown it.

  8. 11 CEB
    May 9, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Opps! meant “cannot be stuffed back in.”

  9. 12 Mae who love our CIC
    May 9, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Nothing more than some repugs who practice sexism in the good ole USA, such as limiting funds for Planned Parenthood, trying to changed Medicare which has tremendous effect on families which greatly impact women.

  10. 13 Fred
    May 9, 2011 at 4:16 pm

    More fun with photoshop. This one leans towards awesome!

    • 14 Theo67
      May 9, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      I love this! I was peeking during a meeting, and almost hooted with laughter at this one. Very funny!

  11. 15 Ann_T
    May 9, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    That is just wrong. WOW is the only thing that can be said about this.

    But this also reinforces that a picture is not something that everyone will believe (or should believe). If PBO had released the death pictures of OBL, there would be people claiming that they were photoshopped. There are so many original pictures that I have seen manipulated into something else…it’s ridiculous. (Including a photoshop picture of PBO with a cigarette in his mouth) So no need to put death pictures out there “for proof” PBO and other key government officials have seen the pictures and saw the DNA results. That’s good enough for me.

    • May 9, 2011 at 4:56 pm

      Absolutely true Ann, even if they had released 1,000 photos you’d still have nuts claiming they were fakes.

    • 17 V C prezOfan2
      May 9, 2011 at 9:40 pm

      ‘…this also reinforces that a picture is not something that everyone … should believe.’ x2

      You made a good point as it relates to the bin Laden picture discussion.

      To me these pictures are two potent reminders that what you see is not necessarily what’s true. Being of the older generation, I’m always uneasy when I get such vivid reminders of this fact, because I do tend to unthinkingly believe what I see with ‘my own’ eyes. Of the superhero pic, I know my mom would ask why they are dressed up in costumes, and I know I would have had difficulty answering if I hadn’t seen the original first. I mean, the faces fit so ‘naturally’ into the costumes! Sigh! I have to consciously remind myself that photoshopping is now quite common and apparently easy to do, and I confess that I often forget until faced with something like this. This does shake my faith in what I see with ‘my own’ eyes.

  12. 18 rikyrah
    May 9, 2011 at 4:49 pm

    She’s the Secretary of State, and I’d be mad even if this was Condi Rice. Politics aside, these women need to be respected for their position that they hold, and I wonder if this paper edited out Dr. Rice of pictures during her time in the WH.

  13. 19 virginia
    May 9, 2011 at 4:59 pm

    Noticed right away that the women are missing. So thankful I wasn’t born into that life!

  14. 20 DoNoHarm
    May 9, 2011 at 5:04 pm

    Kinda makes me think that men are animals and cannot resrict their behaviors, doesn’t it? Shows very little respect for all humankind, not just women.

  15. 21 Sue in Minnesota
    May 9, 2011 at 5:06 pm

    We have more than a handful of crazy legislators that are attempting to take women backwards. PoliticusUSA, May 8 2011, Congress Legislates Womens Health: A Revenge Tale by Sarah Jones.

    Women need to make their voices heard. Younger women need to be included, they have little practical experience with the progress that his been made for women and girls since the 60’s. Let’s not let them take us backwards!

  16. 22 DoNoHarm
    May 9, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    This sect traces their lineage all the way back to Moses. Isn’t that the fellow who wandered the desert for 40 years, because he’d be damned to ask for directions? Ok, ok, each to their own!

  17. 25 meta
    May 9, 2011 at 5:58 pm

    OMG, what a travesty. It’s like a recruitment poster for equal rights.

    I’m laughing pretty hard at the cartoonish photoshop, though! That’s pretty funny.

  18. 26 Little Lulu
    May 9, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    Sorry, President Obama should be Superman, IMHO. Captain America just isn’t my number one superhero!

  19. 27 majii
    May 9, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Whenever I read something like this, it always reminds me that women and their sexiness isn’t the problem. The problem lurks in the minds of these lascivious men. Blaming it on the women is their excuse for doing in the dark the things they protest against in the daylight. They so remind me of the republican males.

  20. 28 Fred
    May 9, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    they can take their apologies and stuff it where the sun don’t shine!

    it’s not as if it’s Paris Hilton or Kim KarTRASHian 🙄

  21. 29 MTmarilyn
    May 9, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    I love the 2cd altered photo. That is the best. We have so many talented people around here.

  22. 30 V C prezOfan2
    May 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

    ‘…which in no way relegates them to a lower status.’ ‘…we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention.’ – Yeah, and you have a piece of prime property to sell us real cheaply.

    ‘Because of laws of modesty,…’ – Whose modesty? Your male readers behave immodestly at the mere sight of two
    thoroughly clothed females in a picture, who are part of a tense scene? Mentally
    weak, are they? They need help. Are your female readers similarly affected?

    ‘…we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, …’
    ‘Publishing a newspaper is a big responsibility…’ – And one that you are obviously not ready for.

    ‘We apologize if this was seen as offensive.’ – Apology meaningless. It wasn’t just ‘seen as offensive’, it WAS offensive!

    There! I feel somewhat relieved after letting that out! I agree with Majii and Virginia. They are always trying to blame us for their weaknesses – from way back when, always passing the buck (Remember Garden of Eden?)!

  23. 31 JoAnn
    May 9, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    And they are different from the Taliban how?

  24. May 10, 2011 at 1:43 am

    I think I prefer this photo.

    Amazing – where do people find the time to do this ?

  25. 33 Titti
    May 10, 2011 at 5:52 am

    This is just sad in this day and age. But then again it was only a year or so that Microsoft and the poster for the movie ‘Couples Retreat’ photo-shopped all the black people on their posters to white for a UK campaign. SMDH What century are we in again?!

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