We are so sick of seeing people bullying child survivors of a school mass shooting.
This is exactly what happened when a *Photoshopped* picture of Emma Gonzalez seemingly ripping up a copy of the Constitution popped up online via a “free speech social network” and subsequently went viral.
The original image for Teen Vogue showed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student tearing a paper gun-range target sheet in half, as she continues her fight for gun control after losing 17 of her classmates and teachers.
The mag’s chief content officer Phillip Picardi made it clear on Sunday that the image was fake, by tweeting:
“The fact that we even have to clarify this is proof of how democracy continues to be fractured by people who manipulate and fabricate the truth. It’s also among the most unfortunate parts of our work at Teen Vogue: when we give young people a platform, we want to elevate their voices. Sometimes, that means subjecting them to hatred and vitriol. The attacks being lobbied against Emma follow the all-too-familiar patterns: she’s an opinionated woman, she’s Latinx, she is queer. Some say those are strikes already against her when confronting the establishment. From where we stand, these are even more reasons we have to listen to what she’s saying and continue our unwavering support. These things don’t make her less American ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ they’re exactly what America does mean, especially to young people. Just like they’ve smeared protesters during the Movement for Black Lives, as they’ve ridiculed Muslim women, and denied the identities of trans activists, they’ll employ their typical tactics here. But as yesterday’s numbers showed, they won’t win.”
Keep fighting, Emma! Nolite te bastardes carborundorum!
[Image via Teen Vogue.]