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As Google apologizes, bizarre Michelle Obama pictures abound online

Google apologized over a racially offensive image of the first lady from a blog. But countless Michelle Obama pictures circulate on the Web – some flattering and some not.

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Google has apologized for a racially offensive depiction of Michelle Obama that has appeared when users of the popular search engine look for pictures of the first lady on its site.

The depiction itself has become much harder to find, as well. As of Tuesday morning, Hot Girls, the name of the blog that hosted the doctored photo, seemed to have removed it from its site.

But one lesson from this contretemps might be that in the Internet Age it has become very difficult for iconic celebrities to control the uses to which their images are put. Just look at all the other pictures of Michelle Obama that are still available online. They contain some pretty strange items. Here are five:

Pancake Michelle. Dan Lacey, an artist who calls himself “Painter of Pancakes,” has produced a number of portraits of the first lady wearing a pancake on her head.
Perhaps the most unusal of these purports to be an homage to the great singer Josephine Baker. It depicts Michelle Obama performing in the nude with a pink dolphin while wearing a skirt made out of bananas.

Angry Michelle. The same unflattering stock photo is used throughout the Internet to illustrate negative posts or articles about her by her critics. Here’s what it looks like.

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