During a presentation in which Erica Denhoff showed some images of infamous swimmer Lie Thomas, she found something odd.
Denhoff, the photojournalist who shot the photos, accused NBC of airbrushing the images she took to make Thomas appear more feminine.
At first, the journalist said she thought “something was honestly wrong with the video,” but after viewing the segment numerous times, she now believes the editing of her images was “intentional,” the Examiner detailed.
“When I first noticed the airbrushing on the segment referenced, I thought something was honestly wrong with the video. But then, I watched it again and thought, ‘Wait a minute, this appears to be intentional. Lia’s features are softened,'” Denhoff said. “I then went to my original photo, on the sites that they could access to license the photo, and compared it and immediately saw a difference.”
“It’s really important as photojournalists that we transmit authentic photos that have not been altered,” she emphasized.
Here's the question that I have: Why bother doing this? Why do they feel that it would be better or necessary to soften his skin?
If you ask me, it's fairly obvious. They want to depict this young man as more "feminine," despite the fact that they presumably have no idea what the term means, just as Ketanji Brown Jackson has no idea what a woman is.
Because women normally wear cosmetics and don't have thick facial hair like males do, giving the skin a distinct color provides greater believability to the impression that this dude is supposed to be a woman.
They are well aware that all they are doing is feeding this misconception. This is evidence of that. Why would a woman's appearance be altered if this was her true appearance?