Update on the Vail Blue Sky Basin dangling chairlift naked “ski bum” photo

This week SharpShooter Imaging officially fired photographer Marty Odom. Turns out Odom was on the clock and did use a company camera, according to SharpShooter. (The timeclock and the camera metadata don’t lie, usually.) Since the initial story exploded there’s apparently been no direct comment from Odom on the flap.

But the best part is the attempt by¬†SharpShooter Imaging to remove the photo from all corners on the interwebs, or at least from the Vail Daily and The Smoking Gun. The Vail Daily says it removed the photo from their website due to prior reader objections, even though it’s still viewable in archive print form here. But The Smoking Gun seemed to brush off the threat of a lawsuit in the cease and desist letter from SharpShooter CFO Dick Roy last week, and, in true TSG style, posted the letter.

Jim Stafford of JH Underground penned a nice free speech examination of the ski bum photo and the recent Jackson Hole avalanche photo incident here. (Stafford’s site kicks-ass, btw. RSS alert.)

See the original photo in its print glory here. You can’t unprint a newspaper, but people have tried in the past.

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