BBC Caught Up in Jeremy Corbyn Lenin-Photoshop Online Scandal

By Kehl Bayern / April 9, 2018

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with using photoshopping techniques to adjust the appearance of a photograph – as long as you are doing it in good faith and not towards some nefarious purpose like, for example, to impugn someone’s character or, in this case, question their allegiances.

For those who do not follow British politics, Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the opposition Parliamentary Labour Party and he is often sympathetic to more classical socialist causes, leading opponents to label him a “communist” among other things.

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When he took control of the Labour Party, there were those within the party that also took issue with his stances on certain party platforms – you know, the typical political infighting you will find in any organization. But Jeremy Corbyn’s supporters are a bit more sensitive to criticisms or perceived criticism of the very popular politician and, as a recent kerfuffle involving the BBC demonstrates, are more than vocal about their displeasure when they feel Corbyn is being slighted.

The latest scandal involves a supposed photoshopped picture of Jeremy Corbyn wherein the party leader appears downright Lenin-esque. In the original photo he is like any older man on the street.

So what gives? Would the BBC intentionally tweet out a picture making Jeremy Corbyn look like the iconic leader of the Bolsheviks and the founder of the Soviet Union?

Regardless of intention, the Internet seems to think this was on purpose and hell hath no fury like a Twitter user scorned.

Indeed, the photo does seem oddly edited.

Citing the photo’s edited appearance, left-wing commentator Owen Jones told the BBC in an interview, “What sort of country do we live in where the media constantly tries to portray the leader of the opposition, who was the only one who stood up in solidarity with Russia’s opposition… as an agent of foreign powers?”

The BBC for its part responded that the photo was unaltered except for the color. Some have speculated the curvature of the screen on which the photo was depicted could be responsible for the distortion.


About the author

Kehl Bayern

Kehl Bayern is our staff news writer and has over a decade of experience in online media and publishing. In terms of photography, he is interested in architecture and modern design. Kehl Bayern is also the author of science fiction thriller Animus Proxy. He is based in Boston, Massachusetts and studied politics at the University of Virginia and, later, Harvard University for graduate school. He spends much of his time traveling up and down the east coast of the United States. You can follow him on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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