Automatic patella machine

Clothing retailer Forever 21 apparently thinks its customers all have legs like Barbie, inasmuch as they routinely remove telltale traces of kneecap through the magic of Photoshop.

Then again, there is no practice so heinous that somebody, somewhere won’t defend it, even (maybe) in jest:

To be fair, kneecaps are pretty gross. All bumpy. With their … bones. You know who look better? People who have no discernible bones protruding of any kind. So, the people that exist in Forever 21’s fevered, photoshop happy imagination.

I had knee surgery in 2004, and it did not much improve the appearance of my knees. Not that anyone is wanting to see them or anything.


  1. hatless in hattiesburg »

    28 March 2012 · 12:40 am

    re “People who have no discernible bones protruding of any kind” – i’m immediately reminded of larson’s boneless chicken ranch:

  2. fillyjonk »

    28 March 2012 · 8:38 am

    Why not just Photoshop out the rest of people’s bodies in the ads, while they’re at it? Extra bonus: They can never be accused of not having sufficient “diversity” (of whatever kind) in their catalog.

  3. Violins and Starships »

    28 March 2012 · 9:34 am

    Just Like Barbie…

    To be beautiful, women must have no kneecaps. Of course you know I have a solution to this problem: wear longer skirts….

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