Fact Check: It's NOT A Real Image of Trudeau In Tigger, Spider-Man Getup

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  • by: Christiana Dillard
Fact Check: It's NOT A Real Image of Trudeau In Tigger, Spider-Man Getup Altered Image

Is an image seemingly showing Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in a Tigger costume and Spider-Man underwear a real picture? No, that's not true: The image is digitally altered to feature what appears to be Trudeau's face, and the person in the earliest version of the image is unknown.

The claim appeared in a Facebook post on June 6, 2022. The post featured a meme of the image and text that read:

hey Canadians! this is the guy telling you that you can't have handguns anymore. get your shit together.

This is what the post looked like on Facebook at the time of writing:

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Facebook screenshot

(Source: Facebook screenshot taken on Thu Jun 9 14:13:49 2022 UTC)

There are other social media posts featuring the digitally altered image with what appears to be Trudeau's face. But the image seemed to gain popularity (here and here) after Trudeau proposed freezing gun sales and purchases in Canada.

However, the earliest version of the image that Lead Stories traced back to 2008 does not feature Trudeau's face. As a TinEye reverse image search of the digitally altered Trudeau image shows, there are results identical to the 2008 version, while other images show other people's faces:

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(Source: TinEye screenshot taken on Thu Jun 9 15:32:11 2022 UTC)

More versions of the image with other faces are shown here, here and here.

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  Christiana Dillard

Christiana Dillard is a former news writer for Temple University’s Lew Klein College of Media and Communication. She received her undergraduate degree in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh. She has been a freelance writer for several organizations including the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation, Pitt Magazine, and The Heinz Endowments. When she’s not producing or studying media she’s binging it, watching YouTube videos or any interesting series she can find on streaming services.

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