Unflattering Beyonce

Unflattering Beyonce

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Updated Dec 30, 2013 at 01:46PM EST by Don.

Added Feb 07, 2013 at 02:16AM EST by jamesbrother.

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Unflattering Beyonce is an exploitable photoshop meme based on humorously timed screen captures of the singer Beyonce from her 2013 performance at Super Bowl XLVII. After her publicist requested BuzzFeed remove images deemed “unflattering,” the photos instantly became a trending topic in the social media and spread more widely than ever before, a phenomenon known as the Streisand Effect.


On February 4th, 2013, Buzzfeed published a post-Super Bowl compilation titled “The 33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show”[1], featuring fan-made GIFs and news photographs from Getty Images. The following day, Buzzfeed editors received an email from Beyonce’s publicist at Schure Media asking to remove seven of the photos from the original post, noting that they were “unflattering.” Instead of removing them, Buzzfeed further highlighted them in a post[2] also containing a redacted version of the letter (shown below, left).


The publicist’s request caused the photos to gain even more unwanted attention from a number of news outlets, including The Week UK[3], the Huffington Post[4], The Vancouver Sun[5], Marie Claire[6], The Telegraph[7], the Examiner[8] and TechDirt[9], among others. As these photos continued to spread throughout the day, photoshopped images began surfacing on various message boards and social networking sites, including a BodyBuilding Forums[10] thread with nearly 300 posts and two Reddit threads, one on /r/PhotoshopBattles[11] and the other in /r/AdviceAnimals[12] which saw nearly 500 comments combined.

On February 7th, Deadspin[13] launched a photoshop contest, the highlights of which were featured on Gawker[14], Buzzfeed[15], The Daily Dot[16], the Huffington Post[17], Smosh[18], Uproxx[19] and MSN Now,[20] among others. The following day, Deadspin[21] showcased the best submissions from their contest. Also on February 8th, Gawker[22] reported that five of the seven requested images had been removed from Getty Images’ database, however they were still available in the original Buzzfeed post.

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[1]Buzzfeed – The 33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show

[2]Buzzfeed – The “Unflattering” Photos Beyoncé’s Publicist Doesn’t Want You To See

[3]The Week – ‘Unflattering’ Beyonce photos: singer’s PR asks for removal

[4]The Huffington Post – Beyonce’s Publicist Asks BuzzFeed To Remove ‘Unflattering’ Photos And We’re Confused (PHOTOS)

[5]The Vancouver Sun – See the ‘unflattering’ Beyonce Super Bowl photos her publicist didn’t want you to see

[6]Marie Claire – Beyoncé’s publicist asks for ‘unflattering’ Superbowl photos to be removed

[7]The Telegraph – Beyoncé’s publicist asks for ‘unflattering’ Superbowl photos to be pulled

[8]The Examiner – Unflattering Beyonce Super Bowl photos go viral after demand they be removed (Photos)

[9]TechDirt – Beyonce Meet Streisand: Publicist Tries To Remove ‘Unflattering’ Beyonce Photos From The Internet

[10]BodyBuilding – Photoshop Beyonce (superbowl pic)

[11]Reddit – Beyonce powers up

[12]Reddit – Beyonce dancing during the Super Bowl halftime.

[13]Deadspin – Photoshop Contest: Unflattering Beyoncé Pictures

[14]Gawker – Beyoncé’s Publicist Asks Internet to Remove Unflattering Beyoncé Photos; Internet Turns Unflattering Beyoncé Photos Into a Meme

[15]Buzzfeed – The Best Of The Internet’s Response To Beyoncé’s “Unflattering” Photos

[16]Daily Dot – Unflattering Beyoncé photos spawn the year’s funniest meme

[17]Huffington Post – Unflattering Beyonce Photoshops Her Publicist Doesn’t Want You To See

[18]Smosh – Beyonce Wants These Unflattering Pictures Removed From The Internet [Pics]

[19]Uproxx – Beyonce’s Publicist Is Going To Be PISSED When She Sees These Unflattering Photoshops

[20]MSN Now – Beyonce’s ‘unflattering’ Super Bowl photos just got funnier

[21]Deadspin – Roundup: The Best Beyoncé Photoshop Contest Submissions

[22]Gawker – ‘Unflattering’ Beyoncé Photos Have Been Removed From Getty’s Website

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