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January 20, 2011

Cosmo Quickie: Don't Judge the Models

Every so often we take a look at Cosmo's website to see if there's anything blogworthy going on. (Yes, sometimes reading the magazine every month is just not enough torture for us.) I was looking at the site today and noticed an article called The 10 Hottest Texts to Send a Guy. Here are a few of them:
I know you're busy today, but can you add one thing to your to-do list? Me.
Just got out of the shower. Why don't you come over and help me get dirty again?
In 30 minutes I'll be getting off. Will you be here to join in the fun?
Using one hand to write this text and press the send button. Using the other hand to press MY button...
See if you can decipher this abbreviation: OMG IWUIM
That last one is obviously Ignorant Whales Use Inferior Marmalade. Duh. Anyway, accompanying this brilliant article is a picture of a shirtless guy holding a phone. So it's pretty typical Cosmo fare, except for one thing. I noticed a disclaimer at the bottom that I've never seen before:
The models photographed in Cosmo are used for illustrative purposes only; Cosmopolitan does not suggest that the models actually engage in the conduct discussed in the stories they illustrate.
I'm dying to know what the backstory is here. I would think that this disclaimer would just be common sense to most people who have ever read a magazine or looked at a website before, so I'm wondering what prompted Cosmo to include it. I doubt they just randomly decided to add it on their own, because they wouldn't want to imply that there's anybody out there who wouldn't want to be associated with their wonderful tips.

So what happened? Did one of their models complain? That's the theory that I'm going with because it's the most amusing one. I'd like to think that the model who was used for this story was so offended by the implication that he might actually be turned on by any of these "sexy texts" that he demanded that the disclaimer be added to protect his reputation. Way to take a stand, Shirtless Phone Guy. You've struck a blow for bad sex tip article models everywhere. We applaud your courage.

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