An article in cracked.com, which purports to be ‘America’s Only Humor Site Since 1958’ (anyone see any .coms around in 1958?) enumerates ‘5 Bizarre Dark Sides to Modern Orchestras’.
Its picture below, credited to the Getty agency, purports to show members of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra high on performance-enhancing drugs.
Is that really so? Do we believe these are orchestral players after a concert? Anyone recognise them? Is this really the home-loving BBC Phil? Did cracked.com get that information from a Getty caption. If it did, the BBC lawyers should be getting onto Getty’s long tail without a moment’s delay.
LATER: I have searched the Getty website and cannot find the image. If it’s not Getty, maybe it’s not the BBC Phil. The plot thickens.
LATER STILL: I am officially informed by the BBC Philharmonic that these are not their players. Nobody has identified them as classical musicians at all. Lawyers are making the appropriate noises to Getty and cracked.com. I hope to update with further information.