Friday 2 September 2022 by Neil Tollfree

Stock photo model disappointed to be associated with such a poor quality ‘satirical’ article


man used in stock photo

A stock photo model has slammed the quality of the so-called ‘satirical’ article with which their image has been associated.

“Well, I must confess, I was hoping for better,” said Simon Williams, a quite handsome man.

“I mean, I’m good. Quite handsome, nice smile. I could have been on one of those BBC stories about men’s health.

“Instead, I get this, a not very funny satirical article on some second-rate Onion knock-off website.”

Mr Williams made clear his feelings about the article.

“Well, I mean, it’s not very good, is it? I mean, it’s supposed to be satire. But what’s it really satirising? Stock photo models? I mean, yeah, well done, we really deserve taking down a peg or two, don’t we?

“It’s not very funny and not nearly as clever as it thinks it is.

“You can just imagine the writer – some overweight beardy – sat there feeling all smug because he’s banged out a couple of hundred words of superficial, self-referential nonsense. Well, it’s not that impressive, mate. I’m not happy being associated with it and, frankly, I don’t think you should be, either.

“Get a proper job.”

Stock photos are often used by blogs and news sites as they can pay a regular subscription to have a licence to use thousands of different photos. The models in the photos have no control over the stories with which they’ll be associated.

So they can shut up.

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