David Cameron lambasted online for Photoshopped poppy
Downing Street quickly removes altered pic of British PM sporting Remembrance Day symbol
Members of British Prime Minister David Cameron's staff are taking heat for doctoring a photograph of their leader to make it look as if he were wearing a Remembrance Day poppy.
Twitter user Dylan Morris first noted that an old profile pic of Cameron posted to the Facebook page of 10 Downing Street, the U.K. prime minister's office, had been altered to include a red poppy on his lapel.
Has the official 10 Downing Street Facebook page photoshopped a poppy onto David Cameron for their new picture? <a href="https://t.co/inLOOVcR5G">pic.twitter.com/inLOOVcR5G</a>—@dylanhm
They definitely have. Here's the original picture from July. Embarrassing. <a href="https://t.co/SX9xOJsjor">pic.twitter.com/SX9xOJsjor</a>—@dylanhm
Shortly after the Photoshopping went viral, Downing Street removed the doctored image and replaced it with a genuine one of Cameron sporting a poppy.
Update: they’ve changed it to one of David Cameron wearing an actual poppy. That was fun while it lasted. <a href="https://t.co/tOhnk0agq4">pic.twitter.com/tOhnk0agq4</a>—@dylanhm
A spokesperson for the PM's office told reporters that it was a "technical oversight" and that the touched-up pic was quickly taken down.
The original version of the photo had been used on the Downing Street Facebook page for Remembrance Day in 2012 and 2013, the BBC's Tom Moseley pointed out, but those times, the poppy was pasted into the upper-left corner and not on to Cameron's suit.
Downing Street's profile pic from Nov 2012 and 2013 - same photo but poppy in the top corner <a href="https://t.co/fS0RjSRmg8">pic.twitter.com/fS0RjSRmg8</a>—@moseleytom
The photo flap triggered the usual satirical response on Twitter.
<a href="https://twitter.com/paulwaugh">@paulwaugh</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/mrjamesob">@mrjamesob</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/dylanhm">@dylanhm</a> Thank god they didn't go for the first draft of that photoshop! <a href="https://t.co/FexJreOBST">pic.twitter.com/FexJreOBST</a>—@01101001
David Cameron is being relentlessly mocked over his Photoshopped poppy profile pic <a href="https://t.co/wJeekaJbU0">https://t.co/wJeekaJbU0</a> <a href="https://t.co/YLekDljJVs">pic.twitter.com/YLekDljJVs</a>—@Independent
<a href="https://twitter.com/corneliusbeers">@corneliusbeers</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/MirrorPolitics">@MirrorPolitics</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/poppygate?src=hash">#poppygate</a> <a href="https://t.co/tGHmO31cjX">pic.twitter.com/tGHmO31cjX</a>—@ChrisClough182
.<a href="https://twitter.com/BestoftheMail">@BestoftheMail</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/dylanhm">@dylanhm</a> Now with added patriotism. <a href="https://t.co/TQ26i6mUmy">pic.twitter.com/TQ26i6mUmy</a>—@wcskeptic