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Actor “beyond shocked” after seeing leg amputated in altered ad
Yahoo New ^ | 30 Jan 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer

Posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:15 PM PST by fruser1

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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."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: health; propaganda
I'm not sure what I find more disturbing, that the NYC health department photoshops for propaganda purposes or that that aspect of the story is not discussed.

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.

1 posted on 01/31/2012 12:06:19 PM PST by fruser1
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To: fruser1

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.


2 posted on 01/31/2012 12:10:46 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: fruser1

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


3 posted on 01/31/2012 12:11:09 PM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: fruser1

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.


4 posted on 01/31/2012 12:11:18 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: freedumb2003

” 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...


5 posted on 01/31/2012 12:18:40 PM PST by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: fruser1

Once you sign the contract to become clip art, you belong to the world.


6 posted on 01/31/2012 12:19:40 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Uncle Ike

>>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.


7 posted on 01/31/2012 12:22:34 PM PST by freedumb2003 (Spoiler Alert! The secret to Terra Nova: THEY ARE ALL DEAD!!!)
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To: fruser1

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.


8 posted on 01/31/2012 12:22:44 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: Mount Athos

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.


9 posted on 01/31/2012 12:22:49 PM PST by Shannon
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To: fruser1
you'd actually be better off downing a cup of radioactive waste or botulism toxin.

That is safer, if you are swiping one of my cigarettes. Don't mess with my smokes. It's hazardous to your health. ;)

/johnny

10 posted on 01/31/2012 12:26:59 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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11 posted on 01/31/2012 12:29:57 PM PST by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: fruser1
"I cried at my computer screen for, like, a minute."

Actor? Certainly a drama queen....

12 posted on 01/31/2012 12:36:52 PM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: muir_redwoods
If amputation is that big a risk from diabetes there ought to be plenty of one-legged actors to photograph.

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.

13 posted on 01/31/2012 12:41:53 PM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Shannon
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.

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...

14 posted on 01/31/2012 12:46:04 PM PST by Mr. Bird
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To: fruser1

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?


15 posted on 01/31/2012 12:46:27 PM PST by dmz
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To: fruser1
"I cried at my computer screen for, like, a minute." Berry said

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!

16 posted on 01/31/2012 12:46:31 PM PST by Flycatcher (God speaks to us, through the supernal lightness of birds, in a special type of poetry.)
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To: Yo-Yo

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.


17 posted on 01/31/2012 12:47:22 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: fruser1

> 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.


18 posted on 01/31/2012 12:50:17 PM PST by BuffaloJack (Defeat Obama. End Obama's War On Freedom.)
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To: fruser1

I find it disturbing that he sat at his computer and cried for like a minute about it.


19 posted on 01/31/2012 12:51:17 PM PST by DManA
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To: fruser1

“Beyond shocked!” LOL, he has been consulting an attorney.


20 posted on 01/31/2012 12:58:29 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Mount Athos

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..


21 posted on 01/31/2012 1:21:28 PM PST by goat granny
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To: fruser1

Amen! 41 years with type one and still have all digits.


22 posted on 01/31/2012 1:24:23 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: fruser1

You cannot even see his face...

23 posted on 01/31/2012 1:34:28 PM PST by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks!)
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To: fruser1

Wasn’t there a Friends episode where Joey’s picture is used in an AIDS awareness campaign without his knowledge.


24 posted on 01/31/2012 1:49:12 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: isthisnickcool

Yeah, thats some good acting there you ‘effing crybaby.


25 posted on 01/31/2012 2:10:39 PM PST by ßuddaßudd (7 days - 7 ways a Guero y Guay Lao << >> with a floating, shifting, ever changing persona)
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To: muir_redwoods
yes, because the demand for fat, one legged models ACTORS is so large. amirite?
26 posted on 01/31/2012 2:17:00 PM PST by SengirV
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To: SengirV

I see your point. If the demand is slight, the supply should be great or at least adequate. I learned that in Econ 101


27 posted on 01/31/2012 3:17:36 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: fruser1

I never heard of this actor “Berry” but like they say, “Any publicity is good publicity”.
He’ll only end up more well-known.


28 posted on 01/31/2012 3:21:04 PM PST by Lancey Howard
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To: fruser1

Maybe he should take some Pamprin or have some herbal tea, or just take a stroll on the beach, Masingill-style...


29 posted on 01/31/2012 3:22:41 PM PST by Gaffer
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To: JennysCool
Once you sign the contract to become clip art, you belong to the world.

Yup, in fact there was a story not too long back about a female model who's life was pretty much ruined when a stock photo of her with a golden retriever was used in a major publication's article about a woman who was up on charges of bestiality for having sex with a dog.
30 posted on 01/31/2012 3:24:39 PM PST by tanknetter
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To: tanknetter
Whoa! That's bad!

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!

31 posted on 01/31/2012 3:29:06 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: muir_redwoods

NP. In this day and age, you should expect ALL photos to be photoshopped.


32 posted on 01/31/2012 4:04:18 PM PST by SengirV
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To: isthisnickcool; fruser1

Next week, the caption (substituting thermometers for the drinks) will read

World temperatures have risen,
so has type 2 diabetes, which can lead to amputations

... cut your carbon footprint; cut your everybody's risk!

Then we can all sit in front of our screens, and cry for a minute.
33 posted on 01/31/2012 5:45:54 PM PST by ApplegateRanch ("Public service" does NOT mean servicing the people, like a bull among heifers.)
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To: fruser1
A very cold night about two weeks ago, I stopped into a 24 hour convenience store at about 11 pm. An old black man walked in, cold and obviously lost. This was deep in the suburbs where not many blacks live.

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?

34 posted on 01/31/2012 6:37:28 PM PST by Ditto (Nov 2, 2010 -- Partial cleaning accomplished. More trash to remove in 2012)
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