ABC is catching some criticism after a recent episode of their popular program “The Bachelor” featured a scene in which retouchers attempted to extend the bikinis worn by some of the women to cover more of their bodies, with the results being hilariously awful.
It appears that ABC felt that some of the bikinis worn by the contestants showed a bit too much and needed to be censored somehow. Instead of blurring those areas or cropping in the shots, the network attempted to digitally extend the swimwear to make it look more modest. This seems like a reasonable solution, expect for the fact that the execution legitimately looks like it was done in MS Paint. As far as I can tell, retouchers simply painted on solid colors with no regard to texture, lighting, or anything else, resulting in cartoonish blobs of color jittering back and forth on the contestants’ bodies. The entire thing made me laugh because ABC clearly dropped some serious cash to fly the contestants and crew to Costa Rica and set up this photoshoot, only to resort to retouching that looks like this. You can see the worst example in the video above at around the 2:58 mark.