ByPeter von Harten, writer at
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By now, everyone has no doubt heard of the infamous, now-viral picture of Christina Ricci, which is "thought to be edited" (seriously?). It's been breaking the internet for the past couple days, if celebrity news sites are to be trusted.

And yet the moment I saw this one, I immediately began to scratch my head as to why and how something like this could go viral in the first place. Let's face it. As you can see from the comparison photo above alongside the original, the image is obviously Photoshopped. Badly. Anyone with a discerning eye could tell that even without the comparison. From the head down to the waist, it just doesn't blend right. Furthermore if I had to hazard a guess, I would say this is likely from a few years ago. The source at this point is unknown, and that doesn't typically happen unless a post is relatively dated to the point it can't be found anymore.

So why all of a sudden did this blow up on social media? I wish I could say it was for the aesthetic value, that it was part of an advertisement for an Addams Family reboot, or that Christina was modeling to promote something. But none of that seems to be the case.

My best guess is that there's some sort fantasy about it that appeals to an overwhelmingly male audience, in much the same way Rule 34 might apply to fans who devour celebrity fakes. I won't make judgments about taste either way because the point of this article is mere speculation, but I fail to see any other reason, because this sort of badly edited image going viral in 2015 is completely baffling to me otherwise.

I'm just curious to know why.

So what do you think? Is the popularity of this picture solely about sex appeal, or something else?

Weigh in on the comments below!


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