NYT Photo, Post on Christina Hendricks Sparks Controversy

NYT Photo, Post on Christina Hendricks Sparks Controversy

A photo of "Mad Men" star Christina Hendricks posted on the New York Times' Web site Monday drew accusations from the blogosphere that the photo was intentionally distorted to make her look bigger, a charge the paper denied.

The image was featured in the Times' "On the Runway" blog, along with red carpet commentary on the weekend's Golden Globe awards.

Writing about Christina Hendricks' "exploding ruffle dress," Cathy Horyn wrote, "As one stylist said, 'You don't put a big girl in a big dress. That's rule number one.'"

Horyn's post prompted a wave of criticism from the blogosphere.

The Gothamist ran a piece on the Times' "takedowns of women," mentioning Horyn's post as well another piece by the Times' Andy Port saying that Jennifer Aniston, Courtney Cox and Kate Hudson have "put on a little weight."

"Cathy Horyn decides to take down the gorgeous Christina Hendricks," the Gothamist wrote. "Whether you agree or disagree (you disagree, right?), it should be noted that the photo running with Horyn's piece was most definitely distorted, possibly to (falsely) illustrate her "point."

The Frisky also took the blog post to task, saying, "Seemingly to drive home the point of just how terribly big Hendricks really is, the Times ran an altered photo of her ... making her appear broader than normal."

"Forget the distorted photo; I'd like an explanation for Ms. Horyn's distorted view of the female body. Just because a woman doesn't look like Courteney Freaking Cox doesn't mean she's big," the post continued.

On its site, however, the Times responded with this explanation: "A number of readers raised concerns that the photo of Christina Hendricks at the Golden Globe Awards had been deliberately altered. The photo was slightly distorted inadvertently due to an error during routine processing. The photograph has been replaced."

When contacted by ABCNews.com, a spokeswoman for the Times said the paper had no further comment.

This photo is just one of several images to stir controversy. Here are a few others.

Ralph Lauren Ad Features Impossibly Thin Model

In October, an ad featuring an image of an impossibly thin Ralph Lauren model generated quite the brouhaha in the blogosphere.

The ad showed the model Filippa Hamilton sporting the designer's latest ensemble, but, through photo-editing, her waist had been whittled down to appear smaller than her head.

In late September, the blog Photoshop Disasters posted the ad, as did the blog Boing Boing, adding the caption: "Dude, her head's bigger than her pelvis."

Ralph Lauren didn't take too kindly to the online attention and sent out copyright infringement notifications in response to the critical blog posts.

In a letter dated Oct. 6, PRL USA Holdings, Inc. (Ralph Lauren) informed Boing Boing that the Web site did not have authorization to post the ad and asked that the site remove the image.

Google's Blogger, the blogging platform that hosts Photoshop Disasters, was also served with the notification and removed the image. But Boing Boing refused.

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