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Class photo called ‘offensive’ and ‘degrading’
Yahoo via The Upshot ^ | April 6, 2012 | Allison Louie-Garcia

Posted on 04/06/2012 8:07:58 AM PDT by Daffynition

An elementary school class picture is causing quite a stir after the photographer Photoshopped a cartoon smiley face over a boy's head.

David Claussen, owner of Broward County Pictures, took the photo of the second grade class at Sawgrass Elementary school, but was notified afterward that two of the students hadn't signed consent forms and needed to be removed.

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1 posted on 04/06/2012 8:08:05 AM PDT by Daffynition
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To: Daffynition

This ought to be interesting.


2 posted on 04/06/2012 8:12:46 AM PDT by FoxPro
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To: Daffynition

At least we can see HIS face.


3 posted on 04/06/2012 8:16:15 AM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: FoxPro

Yes, very interesting, LOL!


4 posted on 04/06/2012 8:16:45 AM PDT by HerrBlucher
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To: Daffynition
Sounds like a creative solution to a problem, but if the media insists, we can divert all our attention, at least for the moment, away from condoms and women's membership in golf clubs.

By the by, kudos for making sure to pay attention to the left's focus on race, and having race-appropriate smiley face color.

5 posted on 04/06/2012 8:17:53 AM PDT by C210N (Mitt "Severe Etch-a-Sketch" mcRominate-me)
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To: Daffynition

“consent forms” for a class photo?

What a strange culture we’ve become....


6 posted on 04/06/2012 8:20:02 AM PDT by G Larry (We are NOT obliged to carry the snake in our pocket and then dismiss the bites as natural behavior.)
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To: Daffynition

They should fire that cameraman anyhow. He can’t even shoot a simple class picture without getting it all blurry. :-)


7 posted on 04/06/2012 8:23:40 AM PDT by Nervous Tick (Trust in God, but row away from the rocks!)
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To: G Larry

That was my first thought too. “Consent forms”? What’s that all about?


8 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:08 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Daffynition

Silly? Perhaps.Degrading? Gimme a break!


9 posted on 04/06/2012 8:24:37 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Daffynition

That’s a second grade class? Those kids look bigger than just 7 or 8. Maybe it’s an artifact of the blurred-out faces, but they look more like middle school kids.


10 posted on 04/06/2012 8:27:19 AM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Ramius

Don’t you know what the six hardest years are for a disadvantaged youth? Third grade.


11 posted on 04/06/2012 8:29:49 AM PDT by printhead (Standard & Poor - Poor is the new standard.)
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To: Daffynition

thats f’in funny right there i don’t care who you are.....


12 posted on 04/06/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: Daffynition

Looks pretty obvious to me that what is deemed “offensive” is the fact that the photographer used a brown-colored smiley-face.

If he had used a white or yellow smiley face, would we be hearing this hullaballoo? I think not.

Btw, according to article, the photographer said he was asked by the PTA to use a smiley face (as opposed to the originally proposed shape, a star). It wasn’t his idea.


13 posted on 04/06/2012 8:36:10 AM PDT by shhrubbery! (NIH!)
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To: Daffynition

There seems to be a lot of “race” stories lately.
And I do not believe in coincidences, especailly when it comes to politics.

Is the Democrat “mainstream” news complex stirring up the “white guilt” vote again, just in time for the November election?


14 posted on 04/06/2012 8:36:21 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: G Larry

“What a strange culture we’ve become....”

Thank the plaintiff’s bar.


15 posted on 04/06/2012 8:37:30 AM PDT by Psalm 144 (I'm not willing to light my hair on fire to support Willard. He is what he is.)
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To: Daffynition

So if it is a dark skinned young kid, what would have happened if he put a white face on the young fellow?

This just seems like a no win situation.

Fertile soil for the race baiters, no matter what was done.


16 posted on 04/06/2012 8:39:55 AM PDT by FoxPro
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To: Daffynition

I wouldn’t necessarily call this “offensive” and “degrading.” A better word would be idiotic. Why not take the picture, then inform the parents that the photo cannot be released until all consent forms have been received. If the forms are not back within a certain timeframe, the photo will be retaken with only those students who have returned the signed consent form. Putting a smiley face on the kid is not only an idiotic thing to do, it ruins the picture for everyone else in the photo. Years from now, when these kids look at this picture, do you think they’ll want to see something like this?


17 posted on 04/06/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: G Larry

For School, summer camps, sports teams, there are consent forms for the photos.

It’s to protect your child’s privacy, if that is something you’re worried about.

You wouldn’t really think about it in normal circumstances, but a few years ago I read about a creepy porn guy who was posting pictures and names of male high school swimmers or water polo guys on his website. The athletes’ photos had been taken at school, as part of normal school coverage of sports events, like the student paper or school website, but they were taken way out of that context into this creepy website for gay men to leer at them. It’s stuff like that which makes parents want to have some control over whether or where their children’s photos are used.

It’s part of the way that internet porn undermines our lives even if we never use it.


18 posted on 04/06/2012 8:44:23 AM PDT by married21 (As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.)
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To: Daffynition
--Ducking--

Dang. If the kid was white. He could have used 'white out'.

19 posted on 04/06/2012 8:49:56 AM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
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To: GreenHornet

How about, instead, getting the consent forms signed BEFORE the picture is taken, and then anyone who doesn’t sign it, doesn’t get in the picture?


20 posted on 04/06/2012 8:51:57 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: Ramius

4th-6th grade at least.


21 posted on 04/06/2012 8:54:50 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: murron
How about, instead, getting the consent forms signed BEFORE the picture is taken, and then anyone who doesn’t sign it, doesn’t get in the picture?

Even better.

22 posted on 04/06/2012 8:55:15 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: GreenHornet
Years from now, when these kids look at this picture, do you think they’ll want to see something like this?

Will they be traumatized somehow? Will the painful memory of that kid's parents not signing the release come flooding back, just when they thought they had put the whole ugly episode behind them and got on with their lives?

23 posted on 04/06/2012 8:55:43 AM PDT by ltbigv
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To: Daffynition

The article mentioned some people felt the image was humiliating. It did not state what was humiliating, was it the cartoonish looking smiley face or that the color of the smiley face closely matched the color of the child’s hands.


24 posted on 04/06/2012 8:58:15 AM PDT by mikeandike
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To: Ramius
Technically speaking if the photographer is going to use the picture in a commercial work (e.g. school annual) he needs a consent form from each person in the picture.

Way back when they didn't worry about such things ~ now they do.

This is a clever solution to an otherwise very tricky problem. i'd just erased their heads!

25 posted on 04/06/2012 9:03:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: murron

I teach 3rd grade in Texas and that is exactly what we do. Inevitably, the parents who refused to sign the consent form almost always whine about how their kids were not “allowed” to be in the class picture .


26 posted on 04/06/2012 9:04:43 AM PDT by gop4lyf (Socialism is the political dream of the unachiever, the excuse maker, and the lazy.)
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To: Daffynition
Maybe he was an exchange student from toontown!


27 posted on 04/06/2012 9:04:55 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (FUMR)
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To: ltbigv
Will they be traumatized somehow? Will the painful memory of that kid's parents not signing the release come flooding back, just when they thought they had put the whole ugly episode behind them and got on with their lives?

Lighten up. Nobody's saying they will be traumatized. I'm just saying that, years from now, it would be nice to have a decent picture of yourself and your classmates to look at, rather than one that was doctored up because of this kind of unnecessary Bull****

28 posted on 04/06/2012 9:07:02 AM PDT by GreenHornet
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To: G Larry

“What a strange culture we’ve become....”

You never know when a student might want to run for president later.


29 posted on 04/06/2012 9:16:50 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: Daffynition

TWO kids parents didn’t sign.

Where is the other kids smiley face?

Is the MSM deliberately not showing it because he’s white?


30 posted on 04/06/2012 9:17:25 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1172 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Daffynition

Hey it’s good ol’ Charlie Brown! He must spent a lot of time in the sun over summer break...


31 posted on 04/06/2012 9:22:48 AM PDT by apillar
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To: Daffynition
Should used a regular smiley face like this one.



But considering how irrational Leftists are they would have found racism in it, too.
32 posted on 04/06/2012 9:30:26 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: shhrubbery!

Actually, the “outrage” would probably be even louder if the guy superimposed the usual white “smiley face”. “You made my son look white!!!” You can’t win with these people so in the words of Bette Midler, “F*** ‘em if they can’t take a joke”


33 posted on 04/06/2012 9:32:52 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: null and void
From the article:

"Claussen said he was able to use the photo editing software Adobe Photoshop to lift one of the kids out, but had explained to them that there was a problem with the second student. He was sitting in the front row, right in the middle."

34 posted on 04/06/2012 9:32:52 AM PDT by carolinablonde
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To: G Larry
What a strange culture we've become...

No kidding. I grew up in the 1970s when "embarrassing" school photos were the norm. I look at photos of myself from that era and it reminds me of Napoleon Dynamite. Somehow, I survived the mortification and ended up having a successful life...


35 posted on 04/06/2012 9:32:52 AM PDT by SamAdams76 (I am 35 days away from outliving Phil Hartman)
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To: G Larry
“consent forms” for a class photo?

I would never give my consent for such a photo. On the other hand, I wouldn't be in the photo either.

36 posted on 04/06/2012 9:33:09 AM PDT by Greysard
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To: Ramius
Consent forms”? What’s that all about?

Professional photographers need to get consent forms for any photo with people in it. AFAIK that has been true for a while now

37 posted on 04/06/2012 9:41:19 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: shhrubbery!
If he had used a white or yellow smiley face, would we be hearing this hullaballoo? I think not.

The kid's black, I think. If he'd used a white or yellow smiley face, Jesse Jackson would be involved by now.

38 posted on 04/06/2012 9:48:28 AM PDT by BfloGuy (The final outcome of the credit expansion is general impoverishment.)
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To: Daffynition

Professional photographers need consent forms for ANY photo with people in it. It has to do with ownership of the image. If they don’t get the form they can’t publish it.

(Don’t ask me about crowd shots, because I don’t know.)


39 posted on 04/06/2012 9:49:12 AM PDT by NathanR
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To: carolinablonde

Thanks.


40 posted on 04/06/2012 9:50:42 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1172 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: apillar

No.. It’s Franklin. :)


41 posted on 04/06/2012 9:53:43 AM PDT by absolootezer0 (2x divorced tattooed pierced harley hatin meghan mccain luvin' REAL beer drinkin' smoker ..what?)
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42 posted on 04/06/2012 10:14:14 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: Jack Hydrazine

Needs Obama’s face on it.


43 posted on 04/06/2012 10:17:10 AM PDT by taterjay
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To: taterjay

I don’t get the consent form thing. When my son, the photographer, takes a group portrait he sells a copy before the picture is taken. All the group is included in the photo if they desire. The ones who don’t want a picture simply don’t buy it. Must not have been a professional photographer and the pictures were free.


44 posted on 04/06/2012 10:30:16 AM PDT by WVNan ("Socialism is the philosophy of failure, the creed of ignorance, and the gospel of envy." - Winston)
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45 posted on 04/06/2012 10:48:23 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: C210N
Full color rendition from the DailyMail.


46 posted on 04/06/2012 10:50:51 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: G Larry
What a strangelitigious culture we’ve become....

fixed it for ya. ;(

47 posted on 04/06/2012 10:53:07 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: FoxPro

48 posted on 04/06/2012 10:54:53 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: shhrubbery!

49 posted on 04/06/2012 10:58:39 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Jack Hydrazine
The original smiley face...he'd probably sue too.


50 posted on 04/06/2012 11:01:40 AM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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