This is almost too good to be true.
The man who originally posted the photo of Skittles candy in a bowl that wound up in Donald Trump Jr.‘s awful Twitter meme about Syrian refugees has something to say.
He’s a refugee himself!!
David Kittos, a 48-year-old photographer living in Guildford, UK, told the BBC that he was a refugee of Cyprus, fleeing as a child to get away from Turkish occupation when he moved with his family to the UK.
“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. I am now a British citizen but I am Greek-Cypriot by birth and in 1974 I was a refugee because of the Turkish occupation. I was six years old. We lived in the area of Cyprus that is now under Turkish military control. We had to leave everything behind overnight. Our property and our possessions.”
Ugh, that sounds very difficult for the family.
And yeah, that’s right — he is PISSED that one of his photographs was used without permission or compensation by Donald Trump‘s campaign, too:
“This was not done with my permission, I don’t support his politics and I would never take his money to use it.”
Kittos says he created the pic about six years ago, just experimenting in his home studio, and it was obviously NOT done with anything like this in mind:
“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. 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. I would like the Trump campaign to delete the image, but they are probably not interested in what I have to say.”
And what should Kittos do about it?!
Well, he already knows he’s facing an uphill battle with a lawsuit, but he says:
“I was thinking about getting lawyers involved but I don’t know if I have the patience. This isn’t about the money for me. They could have just bought a cheap image from a micro stock library. This is pure greed from them. I don’t think they care about my feelings. They should not be stealing an image full stop.”
It is SO Trump that his campaign wouldn’t vet a picture they used on a race-baiting meme and it’d turn out to be taken by the very kind of person they seek to demonize.
Great going, Donald Jr…