It’s called the Streisand Effect. Back in 2003, Barbra Streisand unsuccessfully sued Kenneth Adelman, a photographer for Pictopia.com, who was taking pictures of “beachfront property to document coastal erosion as part of the government-sanctioned California Coastal Records Project,” but happened to get Babs’ house, too. She wanted the photos banned, but her attempted censoring had the opposite effect of what she wanted. Pre-lawsuit, no one paid any attention to the pics; post-lawsuit, 420,000 visited the website in a month, a whooping sum in 2003.
I bring this up because our friends over at BuzzFeed recently received an email from Beyoncé’s publicist, asking them to take down seven photos from their “33 Fiercest Moments From Beyoncé’s Halftime Show” post. Why? “There are some unflattering photos on your current feed that we are respectfully asking you to change. I am certain that you will be able to find some better photos.” That is not true, because every photo of nipple-tastic Beyoncé is the best photo of Beyoncé, and therefore, there is no “better” Beyoncé photo. What sort of photos does Bey’s publicist deem “unflattering?” Well, for example….
Yep, SOOOO unflattering. Imagine if Claire Danes’ publicist requested the same thing? There would be no more photos of Claire Danes on the internet. Anyway, you can visit BuzzFeed to see the rest of the photos Bey’s insane flack doesn’t want you to see. Meanwhile, here’s this:
We good? We good.