FACT CHECK: Does This Image Show Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland Posing With A Naked Man?
An image shared on Facebook purportedly shows Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland posing with a naked man at a pride rally.
The image is digitally edited. The original photo shows Freeland and MP Carolyn Bennett pointing at each other.
The image appears to show Freeland and Bennett at a Pride parade pointing to a naked man standing between them with the word “Liberal” written across the man’s chest. “Meanwhile in Canada! Deputy PM Freeland…. on the right… celebrating at #pridetoronto,” the image’s caption claims.
The picture has been digitally edited. A reverse image search revealed the photo first appeared on Bennett’s Twitter June 26. The original picture shows Bennett and Freeland pointing to each other, not at an undressed man.
The energy today was absolutely fabulous at @PrideToronto and long overdue after 2 long years! It was so great to see everyone together again and celebrating the love, inclusivity, diversity, bravery and resilience that the LGBTQS2+ community teaches all of us. pic.twitter.com/FuAXTetkrm
— Carolyn Bennett (@Carolyn_Bennett) June 27, 2022
“The energy today was absolutely fabulous at @PrideToronto and long overdue after 2 long years!” Bennett captioned the post.
I don’t photoshop images to fool or mislead people, just to ridicule politicians etc for a laugh. A recent one with Freeland and the nude pedo at the freak parade seems to have a higher number of people questioning if it’s real. Shit, I didn’t do that good of a job. lol.
— George Hampton (@GeorgeHampton25) June 29, 2022
“I don’t photoshop images to fool or mislead people, just to ridicule politicians etc for a laugh,” the June 29 tweet reads in part. (RELATED: Does This Picture Show Justin Trudeau In A Tigger Costume?)
This isn’t the first time a high-ranking official in Canada has been the target of misinformation. Check Your Fact recently debunked a photo suggesting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wore socks featuring depictions of male genitalia.