The Republican Party is trying to make itself all hip and modern with an ad campaign and a Twitter hashtag, #IAmARepublican, that focused on how Republicans are not just old, stuffy white guys. No, they’re black and they have tattoos and they drive Priuses and stuff. There’s just one small problem: All of the images they used are stock photos, not actual Republicans. The Daily Banter caught the first one:
Lots of ads use stock photos, of course, but if you are trying to court a group of people you have been aggressively ignoring as a matter of political strategy, you might want to think about finding a real person to be in your ad. Also, if you’re going to include a slide that says, in the plural, “Republicans are black,” then you should probably make at least one other person in the rest of your ad black. Alas, that sole honor fell to this attractive, young, apparently Republican woman:
But she’s not only a Republican, she’s apparently also a Georgia lawyer, a fashion designer and a consumer of eyeglasses, among other ad campaigns this same image has been used in. Talking Points Memo then tracked down a bunch of the other pictures in the ad and they’re all stock photos. Oops.