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Nine apologises after MP photoshopped with ‘enlarged boobs’

Network apologises over altered image of MP

The Nine Network has apologised to Victorian MP Georgie Purcell after an image of her with a digitally altered bust was broadcast on the Monday night news.

The Animal Justice Party MP was shown with noticeably larger breasts when compared to the original photo, and a more revealing outfit.

Purcell posted the altered image in which she is seen wearing a midriff top that bares some flesh.

In the original picture that was published in the Bendigo Advertiser, Purcell wears a dress that does not reveal her stomach area.

“I endured a lot yesterday,” Purcell posted on X.

“But having my body and outfit photoshopped by a media outlet was not on my bingo card.

“Note the enlarged boobs and outfit to be made more revealing.

“Can’t imagine this happening to a male MP.

“What gives?”

Nine’s news story was related to the controversial issue of duck hunting in Victoria.

The state government is allowing the season to run from April 10-June 5, with a bag limit of six a day, despite a parliamentary inquiry calling for a ban.

Purcell told the ABC she found the altered image concerning.

“I think male MPs get to endure catastrophic days without having their bodies photoshopped when they’re on the nightly news,” she told ABC Radio Melbourne.

“I can’t imagine that happening to a male politician.

“I wanted to point out the more insidious ways females continue to be treated.”

Nine apologised unreservedly and blamed artificial intelligence for the digital mishap. The network said no staff member was behind the alteration.

“Our graphics department sourced an online image of Georgie to use in our story on duck hunting,” Nine News director Hugh Nailon said on Tuesday.

“As is common practice, the image was resized to fit our specs. During that process, the automation by Photoshop created an image that was not consistent with the original.

“This did not meet the high editorial standards we have and for that we apologise to Purcell unreservedly.”

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