UK Photo of woman in hijab passing attack victim on bridge ‘misappropriated’
Anti-Islam blogs claim that photograph taken in Westminster is evidence for Muslims’ indifference to suffering
The photographer whose picture of a woman walking past a victim of the Westminster terrorist attack was claimed by anti-Islam blogs as evidence for the faith’s indifference to suffering has defended her and said the image was “misappropriated”.
The picture, showing a woman wearing a hijab and looking at her phone on Westminster Bridge as people gathered around an injured person, was held up by some on social media as evidence of her lack of concern. It was widely republished and commented on.
Jamie Lorriman, who took the photo and is based in London, told Australia’s ABC the series of images he took showed the woman’s distress. “The people who took on that picture are being rather selective,” he said. “In the other picture in the sequence she looks truly distraught … personally I think she looks distressed in both pictures.
“It’s wrong it’s been misappropriated in that way.”
Before Lorriman’s response, Tim Young, who calls himself a political comedian, tweeted from the US:
This photo taken by UK parliament today after the London terrorist attack could end up being one of the most iconic of our time #westminster pic.twitter.com/Xnq7ytJf93
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 22, 2017
He also condemned a man for appearing to take a selfie at the scene. Source the guardian.com