Jonathan Morrison, a popular YouTube, played bait and switch with the entirety of the Android community for 2 days, by posting a beautiful portrait mode selfie on Instagram and claiming it was taken on a Google Pixel 2. Fanboys rallied behind the infamous “BeautyGate“, which put the iPhone XS and XS Max camera under scrutiny for misrepresenting skin tones and making them look highly edited. However, as he revealed later, it was shot using an iPhone XS instead.
You can only imagine the shock that Android fans felt when they realized the product they were praising for capturing a stunning selfie is also one they were heavily scrutinizing only a few hours ago for incorrectly capturing skin tones. Albeit BeautyGate has now been cleared up by expert photographers and smartphone experts, this is just an example of how fanboys will be fanboys at the end of the day.
The tweet below gives some context to the video and helps shed some light on how a fan-base can easily overlook facts to favor their brand of choice and give them a reason to criticize competitors. This isn’t only true for Apple vs Android but extends to Sony vs Microsoft, Marvel vs DC, and other divided fan-bases.
.@tldtoday a couple days ago: Check out this selfie with the Pixel 2. A+ quality, right?— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) October 8, 2018
Internet: Hell yeah! This dominates iPhone Xs. No beautygate! Super crispy!
Jon hours later: JK that was taken with iPhone Xs. Everyone go examine your behavior 😭https://t.co/qDuHVTJVKl pic.twitter.com/0DJv4mUudg
Jonathan Morrison is a content creator similar to Marques Brownlee (MKBHD). They are both renowned tech reviewers and their opinions influence the potential purchase decisions of millions of smartphone users. In his video, Jonathan Morrison revealed the shocking truth to his viewers. The stunning selfie shown on Instagram was taken by an iPhone XS Max, and all the praise being given to the phone by Android users was not for the Pixel 2 after all. The Pixel 2 by no means takes any less stunning photos, but Jonathan set out to prove a valid point about how easily people can be fooled when they are told their product is the better one by an influencer, even when it could be a lie.
This is akin to all those times a celebrity was endorsing an Android phone but they posted the tweet or post using an iPhone. We can all take a strong lesson from this that we should always wait for facts before jumping to conclusions, even if it favors our bias.