Fun! Toronto Style (Now With Photoshop)

CN TowerAndrew (with the capital "A", not the commenter with the small "a"), directed my attention to Mike Stafford's latest blog entry.

As Mike writes:

The smiling, ethnically diverse family featured on the cover of Toronto's latest edition of its summer Fun Guide was digitally altered to make the photo more "inclusive," which city officials say is in keeping with a policy to reflect diversity. Judging by the father's gaze, the policy must also reflect a high level of creepiness!

Here's that cover:

Toronto Fun NEW

As Andrew pointed out, it's reminiscent of an Onion bit.

In the spirit of celebrating diversity at Iowa State University, a black guy was digitally added to the cover of the school's 2001 spring-semester course catalog, school officials announced Monday.


Our beloved city is now ripping punchlines from the Onion's grasp. Has it really come to this, Toronto?

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I didn't write the blurb, my producer did, but my thoughts remain as such:

Why just not buy stock photos of a Tamil/Nigerian/all-black/all-Asian/Sherpa in full mountain climbing gear family instead of rushing such a rotten Photoshop job?

The worst thing about this is the hand on the child on the left. It was Shopped black. As though leering, broken-necked "Dad" has an eleven foot long right arm.

Thanks for the post anyway, Mike. This city manages to handle its diversity well on a daily basis without these cheap, stupid examples of government social engineering.

June 10, 2009 @ 4:26 PM

Down Goes Brown

Personally, I think it's very admirable of that black father to stick around and support his family despite his child being born without a forehead.

June 10, 2009 @ 5:29 PM

Toronto Mike

Just to clear Down Goes Brown's good name, he was responding to an Argie comment that's been deleted at his request.

June 10, 2009 @ 5:33 PM


Photoshop fail.

This city is nuts.

June 10, 2009 @ 5:56 PM


I couldn't get over this. Not only is it just silly but it is almost such a poor example of PhotoShop. I don't know what I am more offended by.

June 10, 2009 @ 6:50 PM


Scrap that word "almost" don't know why that was there.

June 10, 2009 @ 6:51 PM


Woah- I could hardly believe this was real.

June 10, 2009 @ 10:04 PM


Are we sure that this is real? I don't see this being approved by anyone in authority...the quality is terrible

June 12, 2009 @ 12:53 PM


and yet my brother can't find a job...

June 12, 2009 @ 1:02 PM

Down Goes Brown

Photoshop Disasters commenters agree with me that the kid is missing a forehead.

June 19, 2009 @ 11:25 PM

Toronto Mike

You're right, DGB, without the shining sun, the missing forehead makes no sense.

Truly a Photoshop Disaster of epic proportions.

June 19, 2009 @ 11:33 PM

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