How many debunked photos about immigration have we seen over the past month or so? I mean, I thought the Obama-era pictures of minors in detention were bad enough and news of their provenance had spread widely enough, but I still get Twitter trolls using the “children in cages” line on me when it comes to Trump’s immigration policy.
However, in the ultimate “hold my beer” moment (or, well, “hold my camera”), singer and actress Jennifer Lopez managed to one-up all of those tweets. Not only did she manage to post a “children in cages” photo that wasn’t from the Trump administration, it wasn’t even from America.
As of right now, Lopez has the infamous photo of a Honduran girl “separated” from her parents as part of a rant on her Instagram account.
Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children. I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home. I feel we will never forget this moment in time. Bearing witness to these atrocities and that’s what they are, I can say for sure, remaining silent is not an option. As a Latino, and as you know very well, a proud Bronx born Puerto Rican American, we and the people of all different races, roots, and culture have enriched this country. But the recent rhetoric and constant dismissal of what we bring to the table has to stop. This is about basic human rights and decency. If you care about children, have concern for the lack of transparency about this disastrous display, in full view to the world in general, I encourage you first to get caught up on the situation. Next, call your congressperson and demand an answer, but I also want you to remain hopeful—hold fast to hope, faith and Love. We first need to admit we have a problem before we can heal it. We cannot focus on the evil, we must push towards unity and get to a healing place. ITS ALL IN OUR HANDS. Supporting one another in these troubled times, we can remain on the right side of history: the side where children are safe and in their parents arms. Act now, call now, speak now, LOVE now. #familiesbelongtogether #lovenothate
“Reading the news about the separation of children from their families, I can’t help but think about my own children,” Lopez wrote. “I cannot fathom a world where they would be ripped from my arms, taken to a place no better than a prison far from home. I feel we will never forget this moment in time.”
However, that wasn’t the photo Lopez initially used to illustrate her rant, as conservative pundit Tomi Lahren pointed out. Her initial picture was of a crying child clinging to a fence — but the picture wasn’t from the Trump administration. It wasn’t from the U.S.-Mexican border. It was from the takeover of Mosul, Iraq, by the Islamic State group in 2014.
And Lahren let Lopez have it.
Hey Jennifer Lopez, this photo is from Mosul, Iraq in 2014 fleeing from ISIS (the terrorist organization Obama couldn’t defeat). Does it bother you at all to spread fake news? You have millions of followers you are full-on lying to. Wow. pic.twitter.com/P60Z1RrvJN
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) June 22, 2018
Twitter users were both exasperated by and contemptuous of Lopez’s ignorance.
It’s just So Much easier not to have to check Any Facts!! They just complicate the False Narrative Libs seem to perpetuate!!
— Get A Grip⚾️ (@CWWhitt25) June 22, 2018