Republican Senator Photoshopped Jewish Opponent’s Nose To Make It Look Bigger
In July, Sen. David Perdue’s (R-GA) campaign produced an ad in which his Jewish opponent’s nose appears larger than in reality, leading Democratic candidate Jon Ossoff to accuse Perdue of using an anti-Semitic trope, according to The Washington Post.
- The Post noted that the ad was first reported on by Jewish news site Forward, which wrote that a photo of Ossoff was “changed by having his nose lengthened and widened, even as other parts of his face stayed the same size and proportions.”
- However, Perdue’s campaign laid blame on “an outside vendor and described the altered photo as an ‘unintentional error’ that was caused when a filter was applied,” The Post reported.
The ad — which declared that “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia!” — featured Ossoff and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.), both of whom are Jewish. According to the Forward, the ad had been running on Facebook since July 22 and had made a total of 3,000 to 4,000 impressions before it was removed by Perdue’s campaign.
- Ossoff denounced the ad in a tweet, writing: “Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue’s digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I’m Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history. Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.”
- John Burke, a Perdue campaign spokesman, said the senator had not seen the ad, which was pulled in order to ensure “no confusion” about Perdue’s intentions.
- Burke said in a statement: “In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image. Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook.”
- He also “pointed to Perdue’s record on combating racial and religious discrimination during his more than five years in the Senate, including his co-sponsoring of a resolution last year condemning all forms of anti-Semitism,” The Post reported.
The Post also noted that “Several other campaign ads in recent years have played off tropes widely viewed as anti-Semitic, such as depicting Jewish people holding wads of cash or accusing them of seeking to ‘buy’ elections.”