In a new twist on Donald Trump Jr.’s post comparing Skittles to refugees, the photo used in the tweet was reportedly taken by a refugee.
The photo of the bowl of Skittles was taken by a refugee. https://t.co/4wcBFopvzp
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) September 20, 2016
“This was not done with my permission, I don’t support his politics and I would never take his money to use it,” Kittos told the BBC. “In 1974, when I was six-years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees.”
Trump Jr.’s analogy in the post on Monday went over the heads of many as the focus became the use of candy as a reference for people. Even Wrigley, the company that owns Skittles, stepped in to the controversy, saying, “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. We don’t feel it’s an appropriate analogy,”
Kittos, a photographer, told the BBC he took the picture of the bowl of Skittles in his home studio.
“This was six years ago when there were no Syrian refugees at the time and it was never done with the intention of spreading a political message,” he said. “I have never put this image up for sale. This was not done with my permission, I don’t support Trump’s politics and I would never take his money to use it.”
As for liberals and the left-wing media, they again proved they can’t see the forest for the trees, focusing on the ridiculous rather than confronting the actual issues.
Their gloating responses played out on social media.
The Washington Post:
Irony thy name is… https://t.co/6iR2SQuL3i
— Chris Cillizza (@TheFix) September 20, 2016
The Village Voice:
tfw reality itself trolls you https://t.co/PejVi9rLEa
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) September 20, 2016
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) September 20, 2016
U.S. News & World Report:
That’s almost too perfect. https://t.co/A6FZSTA0qE
— Pat Garofalo (@Pat_Garofalo) September 20, 2016
— Josh Shahryar (@JShahryar) September 20, 2016
So maybe he’s just one of the non-poisonous ones https://t.co/j4mqGMOlmG
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) September 20, 2016
The Daily Show:
“This was not done with my permission, I don’t support his politics and I would never take his money to use it,” https://t.co/hi3gnUg7Gp
— Anthony De Rosa (@Anthony) September 20, 2016
The New York Times:
Wait a second this is amazing https://t.co/7oGq50nEP5
— Farhad Manjoo (@fmanjoo) September 20, 2016
Instead of using stock image, Trump campaign stole a copyrighted photo from a refugee photog. Too perfect. https://t.co/rgDGiCTXKR
— Max J. Rosenthal (@maxjrosenthal) September 20, 2016
There were some, however, who saw through liberal attempts to distract from the real issues.
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@maxjrosenthal Liberal fools like u have been so brainwashed to see race and skin color in everything that you’re incapable of using logic.
— DMac79 (@DMacJr79) September 21, 2016
@Pat_Garofalo Is this the best you can do? Are there any semi-serious thinkers on the left or are you all mean 9 year old girls?
— peaceprosperity (@peaceprosperity) September 20, 2016
— Fingal O’Flaherty (@CA_Spartacus) September 20, 2016
— Nicole Mehl (@NicoleMehl1) September 20, 2016
— Jay Jay (@JayJay2016Mma) September 20, 2016
@ddale8 It’s a photo of a bowl of skittles for pete’s sake; it’s not highly-classified security information or anything. Perspective please.
— Linda Baker (@LuckyL8e) September 20, 2016
— Arsenal Report (@ArsenalReport) September 21, 2016
— Lacey Lance (@Asa789) September 20, 2016
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