October 27th, 2010
11:10 AM ET

Wednesday's intriguing people

Rachael Leigh Cook

The 31-year-old actress from “She’s All That” is the latest voice in a chorus of complaints about how the media’s use of Photoshop is damaging to young women’s self-worth.

Cook has several allies in her fight, including the Creative Coalition, Girl Scouts of America, National Association of Broadcasters, Emmy Award winner Alfre Woodard and actresses Geena Davis and Teri Polo. The Creative Coalition recently released a PSA on the issue, featuring Cook.

Cook told Fox News recently that she battled her own body demons in 1995 after completing filming of “The Baby-Sitters Club.” Then 15, the actress put on 10 pounds over the course of the shoot and went too far to “try and get healthy,” she said.

“It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images and propagates these really terrible standards that are false,” Cook told Fox.

This isn’t the first time she’s delved into advocacy. A few years back she did a memorable public service announcement in which she smashed up a kitchen with a frying pan to demonstrate heroin’s effects on the brain. She's also no stranger to sexy photo shoots.

A press release from the Creative Coalition cites a national survey from this year in which 90 percent of girls said the fashion industry put pressure on them to be thin - this, despite the realization by many respondents that models are too skinny, unrealistic or unhealthy.

Cook wants young women to Google “Photoshop tutorial” to better understand how images are manipulated.

“Nothing that you see is real, even if you look at what looks like a candid photo of someone, anything can be done. It is false advertising, and false advertising is a crime so why isn't this a crime?” she told Fox.

Last month, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s daughter, Katherine, made headlines with her first book, “Rock What You’ve Got: Secrets to Loving Your Inner and Outer Beauty.”

You don’t have to look like you’re on a billboard to feel beautiful,” the 20-year-old first daughter of California said.

Alexander McQueen

Almost eight months after his apparent suicide, the British fashion designer made news again when the Hells Angels Motorcycle Corp. filed suit against him, Saks and Zappos, citing trademark infringement and dilution.

The motorcycle club’s attorneys say McQueen’s “Hells Four-Finger Ring,” “Hells Knuckle Duster” handbag, “Hells Angels Jacquard Box Dress” and “Hells Angels Pashmina” bear designs “confusingly similar” to the Hells Angels’ “Death Head” logo - essentially, a skull with wings.

Before you ask, no, we did not make up the Hells Angels pashmina, and yes, it will run you about $560. As for the ring, it comes in gold or silver and sells for $495. The handbag commands $2,329 and the dress $1,595.

“From more than half a century of continuous and conspicuous usage, both the Hells Angels word mark and the HAMC Death Head design mark are famous. The HAMC marks are widely known and recognized by the public as indicating the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club,” reads the complaint filed in California Central District Court.

The Hells Angels ask that McQueen’s company, which is owned by French fashion house PPR, pull back its allegedly infringing products and pay damages for fraud, malice and gross negligence, the amount of which would be determined at trial.

The notorious club, which insists it is not a gang, has protected its trademark turf before, suing the Walt Disney Co. over the movie “Wild Hogs” in 2006 and an Australian children’s clothing maker in 2009, according to Toronto's The Globe and Mail.

Romeo Dallaire

The senator from Quebec is speaking out once more against genocide and is focusing this time on the use of child soldiers on the battlefield.

The enterprising former lieutenant general has an interesting battle plan, aiming his latest ammunition at young men and women in high school and college, whom he calls the “under-25 gang.”

Dallaire told The Globe and Mail there are a quarter-million kids fighting in war zones, and "they’re in there slaughtering, drugged up, stolen from their families, killed, abandoned in the field when they’re injured and so on.”

He is asking the under-25 gang to read his new book, “They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children,” in hopes that it will “make them realize this is happening to their peers.”

He also expressed frustration that all his years as a military tactician doesn't provide an answer for how to combat the problem.

“How do I make that child, that gang of kids, that are being used by these adults, ineffective? How do I neutralize that force? If it were tank, I’d know what to use, but it’s not a tank. It’s a bunch of kids,” he told the newspaper.

Addressing African genocide has been on his humanitarian resume for some time. In 2004, his book on Rwanda earned him numerous international literary awards, and he has regularly and critically spoken of his time in charge of U.N. troops there.

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  1. raleigh mc

    Everybody go to blog on Arizona execution. Read comments. Good stuff. Like

    October 27, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      only General Colin Powell and MY SElf KNow why he resigned.
      I have a Message For HIm.
      Sir, You Made The only Choice You Could Make.
      I thank You and Salute you.
      I Have Nothing Bad To say about You.
      God Bless Sir.

      October 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Christine dAngelo

      Hello general....it's me Christine....I've just gotten back

      October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Li Ran


    October 27, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • mycatsbreathsmellslikecatfood

      haha FAIL

      October 27, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  3. Li Ran

    Awww.. Way to go raleigh... way to go.... ah well... 2nd!

    October 27, 2010 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jason

    W.T.F is her trip? She's mad at photoshop? LMAO she's an idiot. Photoshop is a program people use to manipulate images. Blame the user of photoshop. Blame the magazines who edit the images. The problem isn't with the program itself. The problem lies with the magazines and the advertisers in the magazines. Quit blaming a product on societies ills, when its a HUMANS problem.. Ms Cook just doesn't get it. Neither do the other organizations in the "coalition!"

    October 27, 2010 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      Maybe you should read the first sentence again. She is complaining about the MEDIA'S USE of Photoshop.

      October 27, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Nowhere does it say she blames the program. In fact, the article says "...complaints about how the media’s use of PhotoShop is damaging..." and her quote is "It breaks my heart to be part of an industry and part of a machine that really pushes out these images...". She IS blaming the people.

      October 27, 2010 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      Well, at least there aren't any spelling errors in your "rant." The content of it is another thing altogether. Perhaps if you read all of the words in the order they were written, you might get a clearer picture of what was said.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • leutenantdan

      Boohoo! Stand in front of a speeding train and it's likely you will get splattered. She sounds like a fire fighter whining that the flames are too hot for her to have a happy life and so someone should save her - mommy! If you are fat, then you are fat. Obesity is not becoming, it does not indicate good health or beauty. Our genes make that true, not social media whiners.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      Jason Jason Jason.....You see what happens when you speak before your brain starts working?

      October 27, 2010 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Reading comprehension error

      October 27, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • meeeeeeeee

      You, sir, are the idiot. You may want to READ the article before you comment on it.

      October 27, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Daniel

    The real victims in the PhotoShop wars are the young men, who eventually get these women naked only to find out that they've been hornswoggled.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Bobby G

      Man that's just true brilliance...

      October 27, 2010 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      S'ok. The solution is only a light switch away.

      Or maybe a few more beverages.

      October 27, 2010 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
    • sam

      Yes! And these same 'victims' knowingly participate in their own exploitation and misrepresentation of the facts. In the last 15 years or so bras have become a tool of great trickery and deception. These devices can now make even the most flat-chested woman appear as if she has a nice rack. This is far worse than doctoring some photos.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Somehow, I don't think too many young men have a chance of getting any of these women naked but you keep fantasising.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mary

    Hollywood and it's influence has made a mockery of what is natural for years.. And now with plastic surgery and all the computer capabilities to alter photo's.. Women are comparing themselves to impossible standards..
    It's time to stop..

    October 27, 2010 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • leutenantdan

      So stop! Or do you want someone to pass a law? Movies, television, advertising, etc. cannot make you do anything, a brain is required to have control of yourself.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ


      Oh really? Perhaps if men would reject the women who looked like freakish caricatures, it would be a bit easier for actresses to rely strictly on talent rather than mutilate their body with plastic surgery to obtain roles in films i.e. having breast implants.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. paarty time


    October 27, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      Please stop screaming.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Aaron

    This has been going on for awhile and will never go back for any reason.

    Get over it and move on, there is absolutely nothing you can do about it, period.

    October 27, 2010 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  9. paarty time


    October 27, 2010 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Aaron

      Please get a clue. Only a moron believes those pictures are not touched up.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEEVE-O

      I'd be willing to bet more women think the pictures in Cosmo are real, than guys who read Playboy.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      As long as there has been photography, images have been manipulated in one way or another. Prior to digital they used to use lighting and airbrushing. The difference with photoshop is that they can do much, much more.

      And anyone who used to look at a centerfold and then met one in person should have been aware that they never matched up to their photos.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dub1045

      They're...not real? Which parts? Hugh is my hero.

      October 27, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rocketship

    Does Mr. President Obama still smoke?
    Does Sarah Pallin really have fake boobs?

    October 27, 2010 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thomas in Vancouver

      Her boobs are real. Her brain is fake.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEEVE-O

      Thar's oil in them thar hills... or maybe silicone.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      I may not like Palin but asking about her boobs is out of line.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jcx1028

    Maybe if these chicks would mix a salad into their diet once in a while and do a few jumping jacks, they'd be able to get rid of those layers of cellulite, which simply look horrible in print. Thank god for Photoshop.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Can't believe it

      TO: JCX1028. Did you really just write that?? Comments like that are part of the problem! People can talk all they want about how Photoshop is bad and misleading and causes false advertising but most people still want to see the beautiful people in the ads and billboards. Most men still make jokes about "fat chicks". Until a new mindset is put in place nothing will change.

      October 27, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    This is no different than wearing make-up.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • STEEVE-O

      Right. You could argue that coverups are a sham, but then again, you can usually spot a girl wearing coverup a hundred feet away.
      And then you wonder, "what's she hiding?"

      October 27, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Sorry but no. That's like saying that it's no different than shaving. Also, it's generally not acceptable for a woman to leave the house without makeup. She's either considered tired looking or not professional and women are generally expected to wear makeup to work.

      so please, don't comment on things you don't understand with regard to women's dress.

      Also, photoshoping is manipulating the physical image which wearing make up does not do. You can't remove anything when you wear make up. You adding to something.

      You can drop weight with photoshop. You can remove scars, age spots, acne scars, et all with photoshop. You can try to do this with make up but it's usually noticeable if you get close enough.

      October 27, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Travis

    The problem lies with the fact that people aren't being taught thoroughly enough to ignore what people think you should be, and to only be what you are. Who cares if a magazine tells you that you should look a certain way? If that's how you want to look, then go for it. If you don't want to look that way, then do what it takes to look however you want to look. This is just another example of how people REFUSE to take responsibility for their own actions in this country. They always try to find someone else to blame so they can cover up their own faults. Face your demons, people. Turn them into friends.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  14. cavemanstyle

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, however, I prefer not to look at women in "costume" and look at their natural beauty for what it is. Photoshopping out someone's blemishes, or caking on the lipstick is entirely not appealing to me. Men don't need to do this, why should women?

    October 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. MandoZink

    Too bad people can't learn to really like the human being and not the image. If you really like someone, you start to like their body too, because IT IS THE PERSON. That is the way it was before media images came into being.

    My wife and I like to fantasize about people we like, regardless of their body. It is so much more enriching. I bet those who are blind understand this well.

    October 27, 2010 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
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