What fresh foolishness is this?

I don’t usually pay attention to internet ads, but this one caught my eye right away. I had to get a screenshot of it.

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Let’s set aside the fact that the image has been photoshopped to within an inch of its life. Let’s also set aside the miraculous claim — one pound a day by my math — that’s sprawled across the top. My big question is, why would weight loss scammers of the internet decide to pick Gabourey Sidibe as the face of their brand? Remember, there was a hoax in the same vein about two years ago:


The photoshop job on this second image is so shabby as to be comical. Maybe that’s the point. But for the first image — where they’re selling a legitimate real product, why use Gabby? After all, she’s been on tv a lot lately. Supporting roles on Showtime’s “The Big C” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Coven,” along with publicity for both projects, have kept her in the public eye all year. Surely we would’ve noticed if she lost 200 pounds.

So what gives?


About RtG

Rakia the Great, or RtG, is a publishing geek and sometimes literary snob. She's stumbling her way towards personal fulfillment and world domination by, oh, I dunno, writing this blog. Most days she's living her dream as a fancy schmancy editor. But not, like, today.
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