1. TIME Magazine Darkens OJ Simpson's Skin

Year: 1994

The trial of O.J. Simpson in 1994 resulted in many familiar cultural images, but Simpson's mug shot achieved a different kind of recognition after TIME Magazine ran the image on the cover, deciding to tweak it to make it darker and more sinister. TIME's Managing Editor James Gaines said this of the decision to alter the photo: "The harshness of the mug shot—the merciless bright light, the stubble on Simpson's face, the cold specificity of the picture—had been subtly smoothed and shaped into an icon of tragedy. The expression on his face was not merely blank now; it was bottomless." Many cried foul of the decision, calling the modifications to the photo racist. Newsweek ran the same, un-doctored photo on their cover the same week.

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