Signing Your Image Away - Another 1st World Problem
First World Problems are those little things that annoy or frustrate us, but which can seem completely petty when compared to Third World concerns like no food, poor sanitation, and no clean water to drink.
A couple who allowed their likeness (and that of their infant child) to be used on a stock image site realized the significance of their decision when they inadvertently became part of Ireland's recent referendum on gay marriage - on the wrong side, as far as their personal beliefs were concerned. A 1st World problem to be sure, but frustrating and embarrassing for those involved.
“Naively, we imagined that on the off chance that any was ever selected, it might be for a small magazine or website,” the statement reads. “We were surprised and upset to see that the photo was being used as part of a campaign with which we do not agree. We completely support same-sex marriage, and we believe that same-sex couples’ should of course be able to adopt, as we believe that they are equally able to provide children with much needed love and care.”
The couple do not live in Ireland and are not disputing the legality of the use of their image, they just want to be clear that their appearance was not a personal endorsement of any kind. There is already a disclaimer present on the image used for the campaign.