Photo of students edited to make college ‘more appealing and diverse’
America’s epidemic of extreme liberalism seems to have global after a French college has been caught editing photos of its white students to make them appear black.
The art college was forced apologized after a photograph of white students that was digitally manipulated to make some look black made its way onto Twitter.
The image was flagged up on social media by former students of the private Émile Cohl art school in Lyon after it had been doctored and used on a promotional website for the college in the US.
In the original picture, which was taken of a group visit to a gallery, none of the students were black, but the college wanted to appeal to liberals in the US by appearing to be more racially diverse.
According to the Guardian, in the promotional material, among other manipulation, three students’ faces had been darkened and two people of color were added to the picture.
After people on social media criticised the use of photo manipulation instead of giving college places to black students, the school apologized and said it had been unaware of the manipulation, which it said was carried out by a communications agency in the US.
La photo de base est trouvable sur leur twitter en plus, mon dieu pic.twitter.com/HzF9PVUghe
— Ameliabrador (@ameliabrador) September 9, 2018
Antoine Rivière, the college director, told L’Express he was only made aware of the altered photo when he was contacted by some fifth-year students who appeared in it.
“We had sent a certain number of documents to an American communications agency in order to highlight our college,” he said.
One of the photographs had been doctored without the school’s knowledge.
The school had immediately ordered the page to be taken down and apology letters were sent out to students and parents.
“This is the opposite of what Émile Cohl represents,” Rivière added.
The school is planning to open a branch in the US in the near future.