A photoshopped picture of Green Party leader Elizabeth May had people doing a double-take this week.
The original photo showed May holding a disposable cup while chatting in public.
The doctored version showed her holding a reusable cup with a Green Party Logo, and complete with a reusable straw – even though there was no straw at all in the original photo.
And it didn’t take long for the internet to notice this adjustment.
Here’s the original, undoctored photo of Elizabeth May that the Green Party photoshopped to switch a paper cup with an imaginary reusable cup and metal straw, for some reason.
The photo is now on the front of the Green’s website.
— Luke LeBrun (@_llebrun) September 24, 2019
In a statement to Daily Hive, May said she was “completely shocked” to find out that the “party had photoshopped an image” of her.
May said the photo itself was taken at last year’s Sidney Street Market.
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“My personal daily practice is to avoid single use plastic items 100% of the time,” said May. “I never drink from plastic water bottles. I always carry my own reusable coffee cup. I carry my own bamboo utensils. I walk the talk every day.”
Ultimately, May said she hopes that, “despite this misstep by well-meaning party staff – who hoped to brand the image with our logo – people can believe that in the original photo there is nothing I would have hidden.”