Two images of Emma Gonzales, one of her ripping up a target practice sheet and the other ripping up the Constitution.

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Don’t fall for this fake photo of Emma González tearing up the Constitution

'Teen Vogue's chief content officer has slammed the accounts sharing the image.


Samantha Grasso


Posted on Mar 26, 2018   Updated on May 21, 2021, 8:35 pm CDT

This image of Parkland shooting survivor and March for Our Lives leader Emma González tearing up the Constitution is seriously bothering conservatives. It’s also completely fake.

On Saturday, amid the national gun control protests held with March for Our Lives, this altered image of González began making rounds on conservative social media accounts, purporting that González was so anti-American and anti-Second Amendment gun rights that she tore up a copy of the U.S. Constitution.

An account by the name of Jordan Rachel, which has since deleted its tweet featuring the deceptive image, commented, “Still think they just want to make a small adjustment to ur Right? If u dont like the way we are in America, why r u here? Our Constitution is what separates us aka the REASON u haven’t left yet. There are other places in the world that satisfy ur desires. Just get on the plane!”

The original photo of González, however, comes from a Teen Vogue cover shoot featuring her and three other Parkland shooting survivors. In the photos below, including a GIF of the cover shoot, González holds a paper target similar to ones used at shooting ranges, not the Constitution.

Teen Vogue chief content officer Phillip Picardi addressed the misleading images of González on Twitter, writing that his need to clarify the authenticity of the images showed how “how democracy continues to be fractured by people who manipulate and fabricate the truth.”

“The attacks being lobbied against Emma follow the all-too-familiar patterns: she’s an opinionated woman, she’s Latinx, she is queer. Some say those are strikes already against her when confronting the establishment,” Picardi wrote. “From where we stand, these are even more reasons we have to listen to what she’s saying and continue our unwavering support. These things don’t make her less American — they’re exactly what America does mean, especially to young people.”

H/T BuzzFeed News

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*First Published: Mar 26, 2018, 12:50 pm CDT