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Fact Check-Picture of Canadian ministers at pride parade pointing at a naked person is digitally altered

A photograph of two liberal Canadian ministers at a pride parade has been digitally altered to include a naked person with the word “liberal” tattooed on his chest. Although the image was created as satire, it has duped some social media users online.

The tweet with the altered picture, showing Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland (twitter.com/cafreeland) and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Carolyn Bennett (twitter.com/Carolyn_Bennett), has been retweeted at least 220 times (here).

An iteration on Facebook is viewable (here).

While some users said the picture was “photoshopped,” others appeared to believe the scene was authentic.

“What does being naked have anything to do with PRIDE? They should kick these weirdos out!” one user commented.

“Totally disgusting - our politicians have sunk to a new low, if that’s even possible. Disgusting & unprofessional,” another one wrote.

The user @GeorgeHampton25, who originally posted the image on June 28, 2022, clarified in a subsequent tweet that the photo was digitally altered (here).

“I don’t photoshop images to fool or mislead people, just to ridicule politicians etc for a laugh,” part of his tweet reads.

The original photo was tweeted by Bennett two days earlier and can be seen (here).

Canadian outlet CBC reported (here) that hundreds of thousands of people attended the pride parade in Toronto on June 26, the first since the COVID-19 pandemic started.

VERDICT

Satire. This image has been digitally altered to include a naked man between Canadian ministers Chrystia Freeland and Carolyn Bennett. The creator acknowledged on Twitter the photo was digitally altered and that he edited it “for a laugh”.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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