July 19, 2012

CNN puts blurry dots covering the breasts of a woman in a Matisse painting.

The clip is hilarious.

At 0:47, they cut to a voluptuous newswoman in a tight, low-cut shirt. It would have been cool if they'd put blurry dots over her breasts too.

(Thanks to my son Chris for IMing me about that. He says the effect was much more noticeable and ridiculous on HDTV, where he saw it.)

ADDED: Perhaps, like me, you thought of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the $8,000 drapery.

53 comments:

MadisonMan said...

Odalisque in Red Pants and Blurred Breasts.

Fprawl said...

Good old Miami Beach, totally underrated. Nice streets, busty news reporters, and Joes Stone Crab at the end of the Island.

traditionalguy said...

What a hoot. CNN wants to appear moral?

It's a French painting.

Maybe they are also broadcasting this on a world feed where the Muslims will still want women's bodies covered up so the men don't go insane.

chickelit said...

Breasts are very distracting, yes.

The Drill SGT said...

The Matisse tits was a bug, that got in the way of the story

The reporter's tits were a feature that they planned for when they hired her

john said...

In the entire DOJ complex, Ashcroft could find absolutely no where else to stand for pictures except directly where Lady Justice's right breast appeared to drape over his head, giving him the appearance of a third eye. How awful to be photographed that way.

wyo sis said...

I must have missed the Ashcroft drapery scandal. It's pretty funny, but when I think of drapery backdrops I always think of that garish gold shower curtain Obama is photographed in front of. (My freshman English teacher would be appalled at the previous sentence, but I don't feel like fixing it.)

John said...

Oh the horror!

ndspinelli said...

Paging Titus..Titus to the courtesy desk for a tit comment please.

I Callahan said...

Titus, call your office...

I Callahan said...

ndspinelli was a cup size ahead of me...

cassandra lite said...

Vaseline on the lens is SOP for all models over 40.

Coketown said...

The woman in that painting is a slut. I would not have shown it at all.

P.S. Holy shit, was Stevie Wonder the curator of that museum in Venezuela from where the painting was stolen? The shadow behind the dancer is about the last glaring, blatant difference I would have noticed! Really, nobody noticed it was swapped for that atrocious, clumsily executed fake for a decade?

P.P.S. Why is Stevie Wonder still the generic "blind man" when making blind jokes? Have we really gone 30 years without a more famous blind man usurping his crown?

P.P.P.S. Was that hotel the same one used in Ace Ventura for the exterior shots for the condo of the guy who was thrown from his balcony? You know, Courtney Cox-not-Arquette's character's co-worker? Or is all Miami architecture done in art deco tacky style? Luckily the reporter was not tossed from the balcony for getting too close to the truth regarding that painting.

john said...

He was too cheap to spend $16,000 to cover up both boobs.

Coketown said...

Oh, and P.P.P.P.S. The blurry dot is in the original painting. Matisse was ahead of his time. And they aren't "blurry dots" covering her breasts; it's just one large dot. And I think large dots are called spots. Or splotches.

I don't normally get to comment so early in the afternoon so I am relishing the opportunity!

the wolf said...

"Matisse didn't paint that. Somebody else did."

Don't Tread 2012 said...

Can we ask them to cover boobs like Harry Reid that way from now on???

Milwaukee said...

Drill SGT said: "The reporter's tits were a feature that they planned for when they hired her"

Right you are. She does have lovely breasts. There was absolutely no reason to show her in that clip.

I've often wondered about women hired for their looks, especially for sports announcing, like the women on the sidelines of football games. Men can't be too ugly to be announcers, but they age. We've had sports announcers in their 70's and 80's. But women hired for their looks, in their 20's and 30's may not be so hot looking when they're in their 40's or 50's. I dunno know, Vanna White keeps going. What will happen? The breasts in the painting are frozen in time, they are not going to sag. The reporter, those are going to sag.

Michael K said...

The Ashcroft story was a MSM fake. He had nothing to do with covering the statue. It was too good a story to tell the truth about.

flicka47 said...

Shades of 1916?

The "Type I" U.S. Standing Liberty Quarter looks like this
http://twitpic.com/9oxhwo

Somebody decided she needed more clothing...

They were wrong.

RebeccaH said...

I never liked Matisse. If anybody's libido could be aroused by breasts in a Matisse painting, they have some serious issues with women's bodies.

chickelit said...

@Michael K: The Ashcroft story couldn't have been a hoax. Althouse brought it up here and Andy R even riffed on it as a joke: link

Are you questioning their guile or exposing their gullibility?

chickelit said...

Milwaukee imagined: The reporter, those are going to sag.

What, exactly, is wrong with that? I bet they'll stay soft as ever.

The Moderator said...

I thought men would go insane if they *don't* see women's breasts ... sorry, that explains the Middle East after all. The simple, humble truths we stumble into .... Besides, Matisse didn't paint that, Barack Obama and Elizabeth Warren did.

And South Beath is underrated.

edutcher said...

I guess we call this "Tempst in a D cup"?

and, yes, I immediately thought of all the Lefty newsies going after AG Ashcroft.

Ann Althouse said...

they cut to a voluptuous newswoman in a tight, low-cut shirt

If that's a voluptuous woman, Hatman is going to be on the cover of GQ next month.

bagoh20 said...

I've been training myself with electroshock to get stimulated by pixilation of any kind, so I think it's hot. Boobs are so passe. I even have my own now. What's so great about them? Although, when I get out of a hot shower and get a blurry glimpse of myself in the fogged mirror...now that's sizzling.

chickelit said...

@flick47: Lady Liberty's breast on that quarter had an annoying tendency to rub flat from frequent handling. That's why collectors really prized the "uncirculated" ones.

The Godfather said...

"Henry" Matisse?

AllieOop said...

Chickie, did you keep one in your pocket for a rub for luck now and again inbetween playing with ants, as a boy in Wisconsin? ;)

Titus said...

tits.

ricpic said...

I thought art made tits high class?

Kathy K said...

"Perhaps, like me, you thought of Attorney General John Ashcroft and the $8,000 drapery."

No, actually, I did not. BUT I should have. I laughed over that one, back in the day. And it's still funny.

Especially when I read from john that "In the entire DOJ complex, Ashcroft could find absolutely nowhere else to stand for pictures except directly where Lady Justice's right breast appeared to drape over his head." (ROFL - never thought of that one before.)

Yanno - Our present President has a lot of idiots in his administration (same as ex-President Bush). But the only one who is really funny sometimes is Biden. The rest of them are just... I don't know - but not smart, and not funny.

Erika said...

Thank you, Godfather at 4:34.

Came to see if anyone else noticed the reporter's inability to recognize and pronounce a common French first name. Was not disappointed.

Basic education and awareness of the world, people (by which I mean "journalists"). It's really not that hard, I promise.

chickelit said...

Did I rub you the wrong way, Allie? I'm sorry.

Rob said...

You should take a cue from CNN in your own typography, Ann, and cover your tittles.

chickelit said...

ricpic said...
I thought art made tits high class?

That reminds me of an old rhyme from my youth. Something about youth, tits, class, and ass. But as I got older I realized how ageist that joke was.

tiger said...

I never had a problem with Ashcroft and the curtain; considering where the statue was it was a little disconcerting to see a naked woman over his right shoulder every time he gave a press conference.

Better this than Obama's 'Seal of the President Elect of the United States' bullshit after he won.


As for CNN they should be ashamed of themselves for being such prudish ninnies.

AllieOop said...

Chickie, just remember to wash your hands. Ant juice.

Jose_K said...

Coketown. Complicity. A fake one was left instead of it. only 3 years latter it was discovered.
In spanish:
http://www.eluniversal.com/2009/12/03/imp_til_ava_un-libro-reconstruye_03A3144893.shtml
Politics probably involved: The Director of the Museum was removed for being jewish and a political opponent of the President so probably they were trying to forge an expedient against her.

Jose_K said...

Stabuck and Columbia did the same btw, they covered the breast of their logos

chickelit said...

You're not my ant Allie. :)

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jeff said...

No matter where Ashcroft stood in the room the media would position the camera to get the boobs in the shot. Kind of the opposite of how the media likes to frame Obama with a halo over his head.

David said...

I blame Anderson Cooper.

rhhardin said...

Matisse looking for dots.

Not safe for TV

David said...

CNN: Confused News Network.

Here you have a network showing off the reporter's (very nice) breasts and covering the painting.

And they wonder where their ratings have gone.

Coketown said...
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Coketown said...

It wasn't until I commented on the slut in the painting that I appreciated my own hypocrisy. I have edited my profile picture in light of this, and I apologize to anyone I might have offended.

Revenant said...

I realize I'm totally uncultured and etc etc, but that's one ugly painting. I wouldn't hang it up in my house if you gave it to me for free.

el polacko said...

yep.. blurring the breasts was ridiculous but any more ridiculous than the art experts not noticing the difference between the original painting and the neon-colored, ham-fisted copy ?

MayBee said...

ha ha ha ha ha, coketown!

Ashcroft should have covered the breasts of lady liberty with a picture of Muhammad.

You know what I thought of? Obama covering up the religious decor of GWU for his speech.

chickelit said...

The woman whom Althouse complained about filed another report on the "undercover art bust" link. Apparently she reads Althouse or was suitabliy chastized because her lovely breasts are all but non visible in the follow-up.

chickelit said...

Her accomplishments are also ample: link.