Green Party leader Elizabeth May has found herself in the spotlight after a member of her staff reportedly doctored a photo of her to include a metal straw in a cup she was holding. The Elizabeth May-metal straw photo has received considerable attention online, and people are not happy about it. The cup was also photoshopped to display the Green Party logo, which the cup in the original photo doesn't have.

CTV News reports that May said she was "completely shocked" to learn that one of her staff edited the image without her knowledge. "I don't want to call them stupid on television," she told CTV, "but there was nothing there to hide. So why Photoshop it? I have no idea."

The photo is still up on their website, but the cup has since been cropped out, while the metal straw can still be seen in the photo.  

In a statement on the Green Party website, Elizabeth May wrote: 

"My personal daily practice is to avoid single-use plastic items 100 percent of the time. I never drink from plastic water bottles. I always carry my own reusable coffee cup. I carry my own bamboo utensils. I walk the talk every day. I hope that despite this misstep by well-meaning party staff (who hoped to brand the image with our logo), people can believe that in the original photo there is nothing I would have hidden."

A spokesperson told the National Post that "May had been holding a reusable cup in the original photo, but that Photoshop was used to add in a different cup that displayed the Green Party logo."

As usual, people on Twitter have been quick to commence the roast.

Maxime Bernier wasted no time joining in:

Jagmeet Singh has called the photo "troubling," according to CTV. 

This isn't the first time the Green Party was called out this year. It hasn't been all bad, though. They seem to have some interesting ideas, and some people don't think this photo doctoring is that big of a deal in the grand scheme of things. 

You can be the judge of how bad this photo doctoring is for the integrity of the Green Party.


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