A picture is worth a thousand words. Why, then, do so many images appear to be mis-matched with the underlying story and the personalities involved?
Today’s aggravation – a man is alleged to have done something wrong, and the imaging is about his family or his wife, as if they were somehow being held accountable for another’s choices. For example:
(Note that the caption under her image doesn’t even give her credit for her own name).
(Note that he gets to keep his name as his image is tagged for blasting all over the internet).
But, to get back to our original topic… Can we all see that they are different people? That they are not interchangeable, even though they are married?
Why then, ESPECIALLY in this day and age, does a story about an alleged philanderer show not a picture of the accused, but default to his wife?!!!
(While I am attaching a link to the article in question, I also attached a screenshot in the event that CNN realizes and corrects its wildly inappropriate imaging, whereby a man’s wife is used in imagery as a prop for her husband’s alleged infidelities. Allegations that begin 20 years prior, long before wifey was even in the picture).
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a fan of the “stand by your man” school of life, whereby Bill and Hillary and the media so ably demonstrated since 1998 why it’s all Hillary’s fault that Billy, good ole Billy Boy, couldn’t keep his pants zipped.
The problem I have with the Moonves scandal is, however, that very much like Clinton’s Lewinsky affair, it’s clearly his wife’s fault… given the wide variety of hits on Julie Chen’s image when one types a search engine query seeking information on Moonves.
(Go ahead, I’ll wait while you type your own query into your favorite search engine).
When we talk about powerful people, the conversation is very different based on the gender of the person being ridiculed:
We also seem to see nothing wrong with implying the women in men’s lives are willing props to whatever the man desires:
Granted, many of the images of Ivanka show her in Daddy’s lap, a willing accomplice to his ego and the purient incest fantasies which seem to run rampant in Society’s lowest common denominator memes. But, if the woman in question hadn’t worn garment X or posed in photo X, there would not be imaging to back up the tribal, conquering hero, droit de seigneur priviledge which still seems implicit and accepted across the board for all modes of communication regardless of the relevance of the imaging to the underlying story arc – infotainment has blended so seamlessly into current affairs where malicious gossip is mistaken for news.
Anyway, I had a point before this rant began. Something about the erasing of an accomplished woman’s career due to scandals involving her husband, but I need to go wash out my brain. Googling images based on a topic can be quite unsettling to my mental health…