A photo (below) that shows ex-UK Prime Minister Tony Blair resting his feet on an Union Jack draped coffin whilst on a cargo plane is spreading across social media.
The photo first appeared back in 2012 and immediately caused outrage amongst social media users who denounced the photo as a sign of disrespect.
However the more sceptical viewers may have questioned the authenticity of the photo. In a world where powerful digital editing software is available to almost anyone with a computer, it is prudent to remain sceptical of photos that depict scenes like this one.
And those sceptical readers have a right to be cynical about this photo, because it’s fake. The signature that appears on the original composition reads beaubodor, who is a graphic artist working at BBDO.co.uk who – by his own admission – uses Photoshop to create various digital works. Before the site when under renovation, this photo appeared on his website.
So no, Tony Blair didn’t inexplicably grow his legs an additional 4 feet, and nor did he rest them on the coffin on what is presumably supposed to be a fallen British soldier.