Fake Photos Are Just As Bad As “Fake Friends”

We’ve all been there at one point in our life when someone we trusted or someone who we thought was our friend let us down by gossiping about us or stabbing us in the back.

Joan Jett summed it up best in her 1983 hit, “Fake Friends”, “Losin’ friends, losin’ friends, Ya got nothin to lose, Ya don’t lose when you lose fake friends.”

I’m sure people gossip about me, but I really don’t care and that isn’t the focus of my blog today.  I’m talking about hateful people, groups, and organizations faking photos to serve their purpose.

About five months ago, those disgusting family members that make up the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas faked a picture of them “protesting” pop singer Whitney Houston’s funeral in New Jersey.  This is the picture the group tweeted.  It never happened.

Now, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) is demanding that a homophobic group, the “Public Advocate of the United States” and its president, Eugene Delgaudio, stop using a photo to promote its anti-gay views.

The low life group illegally used a New Jersey same-sex couple’s wedding engagement photo in campaign in Colorado to attack a candidate that supports civil unions in that state.

The SPLC has designated Delgaudio’s organization a hate group and they claim the group has been guilty of low life tricks like this before.

Christine P. Sun, deputy legal director for the SPLC, says, “For years, Delgaudio and Public Advocate have led a crusade against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people. This latest attack is the most vicious yet and should serve as a warning that your personal photos are not safe from anyone willing to stoop to the vilest level of harassment.”

Here is the the set of pictures at the center of the controversy.  This is original engagement photo of Brian Edwards and Tom Privitere taken by photographer Kristina Hill.

And, here is the altered photo that is attacking Colorado senator, Jean White, who is in favor of Colorado’s civil union legislation.

Delgaudio’s group has until Monday, July 23, 2012, to stop using the fake photo of Tom and Brian in their hateful propaganda.

It’s really sad when groups that hate have to fake photographs or videos to make it appear that they have the support of more Americans in their anti-gay views or to scare people that there is a gay agenda!

Here’s an incredible story from MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about how the hateful organization, the National Organization for Marriage, used a picture of a Barack Obama rally in Ohio and doctored it to make it appear that it had a big turnout for a rally to fight marriage equality.

Disgusting!

If you have to fake it or if you are fake, people will find out.  Why don’t you just mind your own business and let people live their lives without your meddling and interference.

Anthony

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by anthony posey on July 12, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Although I have photographed them a few times ( westbro ) , and I completly disagree with their values and ideas, and think faked photos or photos used for propaganda purposes are horrible. I also agree with the first amendment, that allows F-ing idiots to show us who they Are 🙂 . So I do agree and would argue they should disclose that the photos are faked. BUt would ask and say “This very well may be and most likely is a free speech issue” , The question I guess is does free speech have to be truthful to be protected ? Also does political speech exclude hate?

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    • Ants,

      I agree that those idiots do have a right to say mean things. I’m just glad that almost all of America, even the ones that disagree with me, thinks that they are idiots. 🙂

      AP

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  2. Posted by Connie Huizenga on July 24, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    While I support free speech, I do not support a group of Zealots calling themselve a church and receiving tax exempt status for it. A church does not teach hate. Also, a church does not concern itself with what goes on behind closed doors of someone’s bedroom. Where is that anyone’s business? I have been pretty vocal about this. DISCRIMINATION OF ANY ONE OR GROUP OF PEOPLE IS WRONG. No other way to say it. No other way to believe.

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  3. Connie,

    I always appreciate your honesty and conviction to being non-discriminatory.

    AP

    Reply

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