We should all know by now that things we see on the internet must be taken with a grain of salt, and it’s crucial to be critical of every image, post, and status we consume. For example, if you come across a picture showing Parkland survivor Emma González tearing up the Constitution, don’t buy into it. It’s absolutely not real, despite the fact that people are sharing it.
González, one of the Parkland students at the helm of the current gun control movement, appeared alongside her classmates in a video for Teen Vogue. In a promotional clip posted on Instagram, González tears up a shooting range target poster as the text #NeverAgain appears on the screen.
An unknown person, obviously against the Never Again movement, doctored the original GIF, replacing the target paper with the U.S. Constitution.
The editor also darkened the circles around González’s eyes in an attempt to make the teenager somehow look more sinister. According to New York Magazine, the Photoshopped image most likely got its start in a political thread on 4chan Saturday, March 24th. Since then, the image has seeped into Facebook and Twitter where influential conservatives have shared it and not clarified it was fake.
Here’s the real GIF:
And here is the GIF conservatives like actor and commentator Adam Baldwin have shared:
The still image of González mid-rip has also gone viral on several social media platforms.
Luckily, many quickly realized the photo was fake. Word spread across the internet in an effort to stifle the trolls. The account that originally posted the image on Twitter has since been suspended.
This is an important reminder that the internet is filled with falsehoods and we should check facts before sharing any political images or statistics. Revealing and upholding the truth is more vital now than ever.