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Chinese Photoshop Gaffe Goes Viral

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To the scrutinizing eyes of the internet, no Photoshop disaster will go unnoticed. That doesn’t just apply to the Western web, but also to those in the East.

Chinese internet users have taken a fairly egregious editing error and run with it. Late Sunday evening, an article was posted to the government website of Huili County, China. Huili county is part of the Sichuan Provine and is under the adminstration of the Liangshan Yi Autonomous Prefecture.

The article, about upgrades to road conditions within the county, had a photo with three government officials on the scene who appear to be discussing the road conditions. The only problem is that the photo is so clearly photoshopped that it’s laughable. Apparently one user who spotted this error posted it to a Chinese internet forum and said:


I had nothing to do today so I visited the website for our county government. The headline story was about the upgrade for the road to the countryside. I looked at the photo and I almost coughed out half a liter of blood! Even a rank amateur like myself can tell that this was a PhotoShop job, and they had the nerve to put this on the home page!

So many people visited the government website that it was down for a brief period of time. Here’s the photo in question -

Chinese internet users took the photo began creating their own Photoshop masterpieces. I present to you, some winners of the Levitating Government Officials meme, courtesy of the Chinese site tt.mop.com -

When this began to go viral, the Huili County Government went into damage control mode. They set up an account on Weibo, which is China’s version of Twitter, just to address the Photoshop faux pas. On Weibo, they said that government officials did in fact go on site for the road inspection, but the original photos weren’t very clear. They also said that they learned a lesson from all this and thanked the internet community for their criticism.

They also posted what are supposed to be the original photos from the road inspection. Check them out for yourself but in my opinion, the argument could be made that they still look a bit off.

Photoshop disasters are some of the best things on the internet, hands down. If you have some time to kill, may I suggest browsing through the Top 20 Photoshop Disasters of 2010 as judged by PSDisasters.com.

Chinese Photoshop Gaffe Goes Viral
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  • RT

    In addition to the photograph at the introduction of this page, the top photograph inside of the box is also fake. The man on the far left has his heel partially hanging-over a steep drop-off. Also, the 2 men on the left are in the same positions as they were in the photograph shown at the introduction of this page, while the man with the white shoes and blue pants has been replaced by a man with black shoes and black pants. The bottom photograph inside of the box is yet another fake. The man with black shoes and black pants has now been replaced by the man with the white shoes and blue pants who first appeared in the photograph at the introduction of this page. In other words, they lied, and when caught, lied again, and when they are caught again, they lie yet again. You can’t believe a damn thing that governments tell you. The government in the U.S. lies. The government in China lies even more. At least the U.S. government doesn’t own/control the Internet/WWW, television companies, newspapers, radio companies, or any other media.

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    I apologize! My original post wasn’t corrected for the photographs on this site. Where I typed: “photograph at the introduction of this page”, I am referring to the what is also the photograph at the introduction of this page. Where I typed: “the top photograph inside of the box”, I am referring to the photograph that is at the top of the box at the end of this page. Where I type: “The bottom photograph inside of the box”, I am referring to the photograph that is at the bottom of the box at the end of this page. By the way, I love the other images! ROTFLMAO However, I should point-out that the one taken on the moon is genuine!

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