Did Perdue run an ad of Jon Ossoff with a bigger nose?


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Via:  jbb  •  2 weeks ago  •  31 comments

By:   The Forward

Did Perdue run an ad of Jon Ossoff with a bigger nose?
David Perdue ran an ad against Jon Ossoff, who is Jewish, that made Ossoff's nose bigger, a possible antisemitic dogwhistle, designers said.

Purdue's campaign knew this was wrong or they wouldn't have reacted the way they did when busted. You have to wonder what could make a professional campaign try to use antisemitism in such a crude way?

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T

Sen. David Perdue of Georgia deleted a Facebook ad targeting his Jewish election opponent, Jon Ossoff, that appeared to have been altered to make Ossoff's nose bigger.

An ad for Sen. David Perdue attacking opponent Jon Ossoff.

The ad called for donations to Perdue, a Republican, by claiming that "Democrats are trying to buy Georgia." It uses black-and-white photos of Ossoff and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who is also Jewish, that have been Photoshopped to appear as if they were pulled from an old television set with poor reception.

But the Ossoff image, which was adapted from a 2017 Reuters photo of him, was also changed by having his nose lengthened and widened, even as other parts of his face stayed the same size and proportions, three graphic design experts told the Forward.

Left: A 2017 Reuters photo of Jon Ossoff. Right: A 2020 ad attacking Jon Ossoff. Three graphic designers told the Forward that the ad made Ossoff's nose bigger while other facial features remained the same size.

Ossoff's nose is "the primary difference where the altered version is larger than the original," said Maurice Meilleur, an assistant professor of graphic design at Iowa State University. Two professional graphic designers consulted by the Forward concurred with this assessment.

The Perdue campaign called the effect an accident and said they were removing the ad from the social network.

"In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image," a campaign spokesperson said in a statement. "Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook. Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue's strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate."

The Ossoff campaign declined to comment. After this article was published, Ossoff tweeted that "literally no one believes" Perdue's explanation.

Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue's digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose.
I'm Jewish.
This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history.
Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.https://t.co/PiA7P4O4M2— Jon Ossoff (@ossoff) July 28, 2020

The advertisement had been running since July 22 and has a potential reach of over a million accounts, according to Facebook data. The ad had achieved between 3,000 and 4,000 impressions before it was deleted.

Depictions of Jews with large noses have been staples of anti-Semitic propaganda since the mid-19th century. In the past two years, political ads attacking Jewish candidates in Connecticut and California have Photoshopped them to make them appear to be holding money, another antisemitic trope.

Meilleur, who also has a PhD in political theory, noted that Ossoff's nose enlargement is not as pronounced as in classic images of Jew-hatred. But he argued that it could still be seen as an antisemitic dogwhistle given its juxtaposition with an image of the Jewish Schumer and the claim that the party he helps lead is trying to "buy" the election.

The original 2017 photo of Jon Ossoff, overlaid with the 2020 black-and-white attack ad that showed a proportionally bigger nose even with other body parts the same size.

Both Democratic and Republican officials have been accused of antisemitism after making claims that rich Jews were trying to use their money to buy or otherwise influence elections.

Perdue, a first-term senator, and Ossoff, an investigative journalist perhaps best known for an unsuccessful run for Congress in 2017, are in a tight race that could determine the partisan balance of the Senate. The Cook Political Report rates the race as a toss-up.

Aiden Pink is the deputy news editor of the Forward. Contact him at pink@forward.com or follow him on Twitter @aidenpink


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1  seeder  JBB    2 weeks ago

David Purdue is in BIG TROUBLE ...

1.1  gooseisgone  replied to  JBB @1    2 weeks ago

You think someone bases their vote on the size of their nose,  No wonder the democrat party is the party of rioters.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1    one week ago

No, I think they were trying to appeal to their antisemitic part of their base.

1.1.2  gooseisgone  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1.1    one week ago
trying to appeal to their antisemitic

It was a poor job, I don't know this guy from Adam, but wouldn't think he's Jewish by any stretch.

Greg Jones
1.1.3  Greg Jones  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @1.1.1    one week ago

Whose base...a lot of Democrats are anti-Semitic?

Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1.2    one week ago

Are we going with "Funny you don't look Jewish"?

Perrie Halpern R.A.
1.1.5  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Greg Jones @1.1.3    one week ago

That may be true, but they are not the ones who doctored the photo.

1.1.6  devangelical  replied to  gooseisgone @1.1    one week ago

gee, you'd think he had the klan vote already locked down...

1.1.7  gooseisgone  replied to  devangelical @1.1.6    one week ago
you'd think he had the klan vote already locked down...

Yeah........because the first thing the klan does before they vote is measure everyone's nose.

2  Ender    2 weeks ago

An accident my ass.

2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Ender @2    2 weeks ago

Perdue's reaction makes him look GUILTY!

3  Tessylo    2 weeks ago

They can't do anything, the gop, republicans, which isn't racist.  

4  Adam_Selene    2 weeks ago

I'm not going to provide any links - but a quick search  for

Philipp Rupprecht the  German cartoonist  - and his anti-Semitic caricatures in the  Der Stürmer done in the '30's and '40's will give you the information you need.

Distorting Jewish features is not a new idea in propaganda it's just that now we have photo-shop.

4.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Adam_Selene @4    2 weeks ago

This wasn't subtle antisemitic propaganda either.

4.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  JBB @4.1    2 weeks ago

The people he is appealing to don't get subtle.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
5  Perrie Halpern R.A.    2 weeks ago

I use photoshop and there is no way this was an accident. It was classic antisemitic propaganda, being used as a dog whistle for a specific demographic. Need I say more?

5.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    2 weeks ago

Then David Purdue should catch at least as much crap as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez caught for saying, "Some people did something", or Ilhan Omar still gets for her, "It's all about the Benjamins" , gaff...

Just Jim NC TttH
5.1.1  Just Jim NC TttH  replied to  JBB @5.1    2 weeks ago

Ummm no disrespect here but both of those were said by Ms. Omar.

Greg Jones
5.1.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Just Jim NC TttH @5.1.1    one week ago

Any informed person would know that.

5.2  MUVA  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    2 weeks ago

Yes you need to prove it.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  MUVA @5.2    one week ago

Prove what? That I know how to photoshop or that this is blatant antisemitism? I think the nose, knows. 

Greg Jones
5.2.2  Greg Jones  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.1    one week ago

Shouldn't the nose bow outward in an exaggerated way?. All I see is a slight curl upward at the tip...and I wouldn't have know any difference unless someone brought it up.

I also don't know who either of these people are.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.2.3  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Greg Jones @5.2.2    one week ago

Any large nose will do, Greg. And no I don't see it curled upward, just bigger. 

5.2.4  MUVA  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.2.1    one week ago

You haven’t proven anything just made a accusation.

5.3  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5    2 weeks ago
I use photoshop and there is no way this was an accident.

Yeah. There is no way it was accidental. 

Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.3.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  evilgenius @5.3    one week ago

And really bad photoshopping. Look at all the pixelation (which is kind of the giveaway that this was done on purpose)

5.3.2  evilgenius  replied to  Perrie Halpern R.A. @5.3.1    one week ago

To be fair sometime an image can get artifacts when saving to jpg. But no... this is plainly just bad photoshopping to appeal to anti-semetics of the Alt+Right base.

Greg Jones
5.3.3  Greg Jones  replied to  evilgenius @5.3.2    one week ago

It's so subtle that unless someone is looking for anti-Semitic dog whistles, they would never pay attention to it.

Perrie Halpern R.A.
5.3.4  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.3    one week ago

Well, it seems that you are in the minority here. The photo was doctored, and there was a reason for that. 

5.3.5  evilgenius  replied to  Greg Jones @5.3.3    one week ago
It's so subtle that...

It's not so subtle at all. You can continue to deny/make excuses for the racism and bigotry of current Republican Party, but it does't make it go away. That also goes for those in the Democratic Party (which is not the topic of this thread) which do the same.

Dean Moriarty
6  Dean Moriarty    one week ago

It looks to me like the graphic artist was attempting to make him look Italian. I see hints of Pinocchio. 


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