Fact Check: Photo of Sylvester Stallone Wearing Trump T-Shirt Is NOT Authentic -- It Has Been Altered

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  • by: Marlo Lee
Fact Check: Photo of Sylvester Stallone Wearing Trump T-Shirt Is NOT Authentic -- It Has Been Altered Altered Pic

Did actor Sylvester Stallone wear a T-shirt featuring former President Donald Trump's face, the continental United States in red, white and blue, and text that read, "I'd Love A Mean Tweet And 1.79 Gas Right Now"? No, that's not true: The picture has been altered. In the original, Stallone is wearing a plain black T-shirt.

The claim appeared in a tweet on February 24, 2022. This is what the tweet looked like at the time of writing:

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(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Thu Mar 3 17:13:19 2022 UTC)

Uploading this image to TinEye, a reverse image search engine, Lead Stories found the photos of Stallone on a New York sidewalk in a plain black T-shirt. TinEye led us to a Zimbio, a website for entertainment and celebrity news. In the Zimbio article, Stallone and his daughter, Sistine, were photographed shopping in New York City on May 1, 2017. Here is the original photo:

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(Source: Zimbio screenshot taken on Fri Mar 4 16:03:43 2022 UTC)

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Marlo Lee is a fact checker at Lead Stories. She is a graduate of Howard University with a B.S. in Biology. Her interest in fact checking started in college, when she realized how important it became in American politics. She lives in Maryland.

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