Allowing us to connect with strangers halfway across the world, order pizza without speaking to a single human or mistakenly diagnose ourselves with rabies three times a year; yes, the internet truly is a wonder of the modern age.
It’s opened new doors and opportunities to many enabled social causes to spread like wildfire and proved itself time and time again as a force for democracy. It’s no surprise really that we’re all addicted to it.
Unfortunately, though, the internet has also given a home to a lot of creeps, and not just the illegal kind. You know the saying “if you can think of it, there’s porn for it”? Well, there’s a reason that exists. Don’t believe me? Consider for a moment that there exists a Reddit forum dedicated entirely to images of dragons engaging in carnal relations with actual cars.
I mean I’m not here to judge, but this was the safest I could find and it still needed some major censoring:
Each to their own, I guess.
Anyway, the “paradise for creeps” theory now seems to have been proven once more in the form of a Russian guy who appears to have developed somewhat of an infatuation with supermodel Emily Ratajkowski.
Frequently described as one of the world’s most stunning women, the 27-year-old first came to prominence after appearing the video for Robin Thicke’s hit single ‘Blurred Lines’ and has since gone on to be an international sex symbol.
Naturally, Emily has won herself legions of admirers who frequently take to social media to praise her beauty and profess their love for her. Most of them are harmless enough, in fact, some are even quite sweet. But there are those that take it a little too far.
Case in point: this guy, who has taken to photoshopping himself into her snaps, with some fairly questionable results.
First, let’s look at what we’ll call the glamour and grime shot, in which he’s even brought one of his mates along for the ride. Seems innocent enough, huh?
Next up there’s the red dress and tooshie snap. It’s an 8/10 on the creepy scale, but it’s that self-depreciating kinda funny so we’ll allow it for now:
And then there’s this little gem, for which there are no words:
If they were all this stupid I could probably get on board with it.
But instead the Photoshop wizard seems to have gone the other way, opting to also create ultra-real photos that make it seem like the pair are in a happy relationship, such as the two of them enjoying this lovely boat trip:
Oh, and then he went and did this.
The man in question, known only as Max, is from the Novosibirsk reigon of Russia. In a revelation that will surprise no one, he still lives with his grandma, which means he probably started this little side project up in his bedroom, which in turn kind of ruins any illusions that it might all have started as a joke…
But seriously, what would you even do if you found out someone had created an image of you like this? NOT COOL, world.
The model herself is already a vocal critic of digitally altering images, and in 2017 called out French magazine Madame Figaro for altering her cover shot, posting the original photo with the caption:
“I was extremely disappointed to see my lips and breasts altered in photoshop on this cover. I hope the fashion industry will finally learn to stop trying to stifle the things that make us unique and instead begin to celebrate individuality.”
Call me cynical, but I suspect that after that bathroom shot Emily might just be more against the practice than ever before.