Will They Photoshop The Ballots In The New Orleans Mayoral Election Too?
from the fun-with-photoshop dept
Last week, there was some amusing buzz on various blogs about one of the many candidates for mayor of New Orleans. Beyond some questions concerning "conflict of interest" over the fact that her day job involves supervising a fair election, Kimberly Williamson Butler became something of an online laughingstock when someone noticed that the header photo on her election website was of her standing in front of Disney's fake New Orleans, rather than the actual New Orleans. The key giveaway, it seems, was the Disney garbage can that could be clearly seen in the photo. You would think that, given that she lives and works in the real New Orleans, that she or her staff would quickly run out and get a photo of the actual New Orleans. Nope. Instead, it would appear that her staff left up the photo, but simply edited out the garbage can. Boing Boing claims this was in response to a threat from Disney, but doesn't (at this moment) make clear how they know such a threat was made -- or what the basis of such a threat would be. As far as we know, posting a photo of your trip to Disney World online is perfectly legal (even if it includes Disney-specific garbage cans). However, if that photo is supposed to represent your love for the home town you wish to lead... perhaps it's better to find one that's actually local. What's amazing, though, is that she or her staff somehow thought that editing out the incriminating garbage can makes this okay. It does make you question the judgment of the candidate and her staff. Update: According to the Associated Press, it appears that the photo background is owned by Disney and the campaign's use is unauthorized. That would explain the complaint. However, it seems highly unlikely that Disney will be satisfied with photoshopping out the garbage can.