Photo Editing Gives Australian PM Two Left Feet


It can happen to anyone.

And, as this story proves, it can even happen to national leaders.

photo by glenn carstens peters
Photo by Glenn Carstens-Peters

Photo editing mishaps happen all the time and most people do not notice them.

Look through any collection of product promo photos and you’re bound to find more than a few flaws here and there.

But when you give the Prime Minister of Australia two left feet, well, expect people to notice.

That’s exactly what happened to current Australian PM Scott Morrison when his official website (no less) posted a picture of him with his family and he is clearly the owner of two left feet.

So, how did this happen, you might ask?

Like all bad photo editing happens: Trying to change reality into some sort of ideal that ends up not only being artificial but silly looking.

In this case, Morrison was wearing a dirty pair of trainers that just didn’t pass muster with the media team behind the shoot.

Naturally, they replaced these dirty shoes with perfectly clean white sneakers that look oh-so-naturally tacked on to his legs.

As with most things on the Internet, this photo spawned waves of criticism, mockery, and even a hashtag “Fake News, Fake Shoes” according to FStoppers.

Some have even taken to adding white “boat shoes” arbitrarily to people in a range of pics. It isn’t every day that you become both a meme and a viral sensation, but Morrison has accomplished both.

He also seems to be taking it in stride.

For his part, Morrison clarified that he was not the person that requested the edits.

“I didn’t ask for the shoeshine, but if you must Photoshop, please focus on the hair (lack thereof), not the feet!”

Have you ever had any photo editing fails that were public and noticeable? Let us know your stories in the comments.

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