Don't read into darker-skinned Trudeau image, Conservatives insist - 2019-06-27
The federal Conservative Party says a social media graphic that depicts Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as a dark-skinned oil worker is the result of a standard filter applied to many of their photos — not racism.
The photo, versions of which were posted to the party's Facebook and Twitter accounts Wednesday morning, appeared to have been made by editing Trudeau's face onto a stock image of a refinery worker, adding a purple tint and then darkening the graphic. "Justin Trudeau has made it clear he wants to phase-out Canada's oil and gas sector," text on the image reads.
Criticism began mounting after Twitter users pointed out the edits Wednesday evening, with some accusing the Conservatives of trying to vilify the prime minister. (Studies have shown humans have a psychological bias to associate darker skin with perceptions of immorality.)