Bed bugs allegedly bite “X Factor” finalists in LA hotel

by nobugsonme on November 13, 2011 · 2 comments

in bed bugs, bed bugs in the media, not a bed bug

Four finalists on the television talent show “X Factor” claim to have been bitten in the Grafton, their Los Angeles hotel, this week, according to TMZ, which notes the contestants have now been moved to new lodgings.

However, our regular readers will likely be even more interested in the TMZ graphic accompanying the piece, which employs a swarm of other bugs, mostly ants, as stand-ins for the bed bugs.

Not a bed bug among them.

Note the caption below the image: “TMZ.com composite.”

What — as opposed to the actual swarm of bugs which was scurrying away from the X Factor logo?

Hmpf.  Lawyers.

Anyway, it just goes to prove how undereducated the public is about bed bugs, when graphic artists so frequently make these kinds of mistakes.  (See this post for more examples of bed bug image gaffes in the major and minor media.)

And we’re not even going to talk about the phrase “man-eating bed bugs.”

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The image above from the TMZ story is copyrighted by TMZ.com/Warner Brothers and is reproduced here for educational purposes only.

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1 Bed bug factor November 13, 2011 at 5:26 am

Brilliant I read this story a few days back and expected they would make a huge song and dance out of it……

2 Ci Lecto November 14, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Great, next thing, people will be going into “bed bug panic” after they see ants in their bedrooms, because, after all, they saw pictures of bed bugs on teevee, and that’s what they look like.

There are a sprinkling of other creatures in the composite, as well.

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