Skip to comments.Actor “beyond shocked” after seeing leg amputated in altered ad
Posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:15 PM PST by fruser1
The stock photo was then sold to New York City's Department of Health, who digitally altered the photo to remove Berry's right leg and is using the photo as part of an anti-diabetes campaign.
"I cried at my computer screen for, like, a minute." Berry said of first seeing the altered photo. "I said: 'Oh my gosh, they even gave me crutches. Come on, people.' "
The health department said it's common practice to alter photos without the model's participation. And Berry agrees he signed a waiver before the shoot, allowing for such alterations and distribution.
"This issue isn't about one actor but rather the 700,000 New Yorkers who struggle with diabetes, which kills 1,700 people a year and causes amputations in another 3,000," said John Kelly, a spokesman for the health department, in a statement. "Advertising to warn the public about health concerns saves lives, and we will continue our efforts to warn New Yorkers about diabetes."
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The stats from the article indicate that amputation occurs in less than one half of one percent of diabetes patients, yet this is the "standard" they use to dissuade you from eating fast food or what not.
Reminds me of things like when the surgeon general says that "no amount of cigarette smoke is safe" as if you'd actually be better off downing a cup of radioactive waste or botulism toxin.
If amputation is that big a risk from diabetes there ought to be plenty of one-legged actors to photograph. The fact that they had to fake it suggests it’s not that common.
There’s an estimated 20 million folks with diabetes, about 1/3 haven’t been diagnosed or treated. 5th leading cause of death.
I don’t know if this ad goes too far but it seems reasonable to have a public info campaign on the subject
PSAs are traditionally very stark — they always want to get your attention as quickly and completely as possible.
This sounds like it works, for what it is worth.
” they always want to get your attention as quickly and completely as possible.
This sounds like it works, for what it is worth. “
So, are we to gather that scientific inaccuracy and distortion, if not outright abandonment, of the truth is perfectly okay with you, as long as it advances a cause you happen to agree with...
How, errrr, Liberal of you...
Once you sign the contract to become clip art, you belong to the world.
>>So, are we to gather that scientific inaccuracy and distortion, if not outright abandonment, of the truth is perfectly okay with you, as long as it advances a cause you happen to agree with...<<
If it gets one person to check, it is worth it. It can save a life and if they exaggerate the case to get the job done, I am OK with it. Diabetes CAN lead to losing a limb (or more) so it is scientifically accurate.
>>How, errrr, Liberal of you...<<
Only an idiot stoops to ad hominem when there is no need. If it was a mamby pamby commercial for fools like you it wouldn’t accomplish anything.
I know several older people with amputed feet and legs from diabetes, including some in my family. You probably don’t notice them because they are either homebound in a wheelchair or they wear a prosthetic leg in public. Diabetes is a very serious disease and more people need to be aware of it.
If diabetes “causes amputations in another 3,000” yearly do they mean to tell us they couldn’t fine someone for the ad who’d really lost his leg to the disease? Weird to me and I can’t blame the actor for being upset.
That is safer, if you are swiping one of my cigarettes. Don't mess with my smokes. It's hazardous to your health. ;)
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Actor? Certainly a drama queen....
It's much easier, cheaper, and faster to buy a stock photo and alter it than try to arrange a casting call and photo shoot.
The model got paid for his work, signed away the rights to the photo, so he has nothing to complain about.
It was a stock photo. Meaning it was cheap. I could probably go out and buy it for $25.
Better to have a casting call/solicit headshots and go through that more arduous and expensive process? Not.
And really...the actor cried? Sheesh...
From the article: “Berry agrees he signed a waiver before the shoot, allowing for such alterations and distribution.”
What exactly is the cause of the shock?
And I laughed at my computer screen for, like, a minute... at the thought of you, like, crying for a minute over a fake photo!
It’s not going to be cheaper if the noise from this snafu undercuts the effectiveness of the message and they have to do it over but your point is well taken.
> Reminds me of things like when the surgeon general says that “no amount of cigarette smoke is safe” as if you’d actually be better off downing a cup of radioactive waste or botulism toxin.
Actually the stuff in tobacco smoke that causes cancer isn’t the nicotine, it’s the trace amounts of radioactive Polonium. For some reason, tobacco has an uncanny ability to absorb and concentrate trace radioactive components found in soil.
I find it disturbing that he sat at his computer and cried for like a minute about it.
“Beyond shocked!” LOL, he has been consulting an attorney.
95% of all amputations I took care of in the hospital were from diabetes. Uncontrolled especially it kills early. I learned to give diabetes great respect as to what it can do to the human body including blindness..
Amen! 41 years with type one and still have all digits.
You cannot even see his face...
Wasn’t there a Friends episode where Joey’s picture is used in an AIDS awareness campaign without his knowledge.
Yeah, thats some good acting there you ‘effing crybaby.
I see your point. If the demand is slight, the supply should be great or at least adequate. I learned that in Econ 101
I never heard of this actor “Berry” but like they say, “Any publicity is good publicity”.
He’ll only end up more well-known.
Maybe he should take some Pamprin or have some herbal tea, or just take a stroll on the beach, Masingill-style...
I remember a much funnier story a couple of years ago tracing the incredible number of websites a "perky chick" clip photography model ended up on. That girl could do anything!
NP. In this day and age, you should expect ALL photos to be photoshopped.
Next week, the caption (substituting thermometers for the drinks) will read
The guy said that the bus driver made him get off there because it was the end of the route -- typical civil serpent that they are. The poor old man had gotten on the wrong bus and had no clue where he was. He was really lost, and there would be no more buses running until 6am.
Maybe I'm a sap, but I could not walk away and leave him there. I told him I would give him a ride to where he could get a bus that late to get back home -- and that was not a place I would normally go that time of night.
It was about a 20 minute ride to get there in a mostly welfare high crime area where I dropped him off at a major bus stop. By this time it was 11:30 at night.
Right next to the bus station is a MacDonalds. It was the only thing open in that area. The drive-through was backed up through their parking lot and for about a half block down the street. Must have been 50 cars waiting in line. It looked like it should have been lunch time, not bed time.
There was a time in life when a Big Mac, Coke and fries was an occasional treat that would do no harm. I have a feeling that today, it's a only kind of food some people eat. It's not a diet that promotes good health.
Isn't LBJs 'Great Society' great?