Megan Fox Unveils an Eerie Truth About the Lensa AI App
The art and tech trend exacerbates *several* major issues women face.
The Lensa AI app has generated thousands of images as the art trend reaches its peak — but at what cost? It’s caused controversy over the use of artist’s work — without their consent — and now, actor Megan Fox revealed her Lensa generated photos questioning another consent issue.
In her Instagram post shared on December 9, Fox questioned why her AI generated photos were so heavily sexualized. “Were everyone’s avatars equally as sexual? Like, why are most of mine naked?? ?” she asked in the caption. Fans immediately ran to the app bashing her for blaming the app. In their words, “Cuz all your photos are sensual….. can’t create something that isn’t there.”
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She quickly replied “Sigh, I was being sarcastic. How can everyone think I lack this level of awareness.” However, after some research, we found that Fox was not the only one with this “issue.” Where some blame her for being sensual, the case is invalid because other women have had similar, highly sexualized experiences — with AI pushup bras and all — even when inputting fully clothed images, and pretending to be men. So not only does the Lensa app steal artwork, including those copyrighted, but, it also sexualizes people without consent.
It gets worse, however. The over-sexualization has people wondering is nudes may have been uploaded to help the app generate sensual-leaning photos, as well. This means that erotic, nude works would have been stolen to create the app. Other noted issues with the app are lightening the skin tone of people of color and even a fetish for certain races.
Essentially, the entire app is operating without a major piece: consent.
View the tweets below for more on the app’s negative impact.
“Lensa’s fetish for Asian women is so strong that I got female nudes and sexualized poses even when I directed the app to generate avatars of me as a male.”
— Eileen Guo (@eileenguo) December 12, 2022
Is it just me or are these AI selfie generator apps perpetuating misogyny? Here’s a few I got just based on my photos of my face. pic.twitter.com/rUtRVRtRvG
— Brandee Barker (@brandee) December 3, 2022
I just put 20 (what I assumed were) good & non nude face selfies into the Lensa app and I’m disappointed that the results don’t seem to look like me at all lol.
I just took 20 face selfies at different angles, expressions & lighting to try again, let’s see.
Poor results: pic.twitter.com/TlzhXGXcgj
— ?Kitten Kira (@KiraBeeMFC) December 7, 2022
Also the AI art app is clearly racially biased it literally cannot make anyone a shad lighter than wonder bread. Don’t use that thing . Don’t give it data ?
— Breana (Williams) Navickas (@breanimator) December 3, 2022