Skittles Jihad Analogy


Donald Trump Jr. “tweeted” a photo making an analogy using a “bowl of skittles” and compared the “colorful” candy to Syrian “jihadists posing as refugees“ and “terrorism activities” in the United States.

Now, the man who took the photo is “suing” Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and vice-presidential nominee Mike Pence for “copyright” infringement.


Liberals accused the tweet of being “insensitive, racist, and a micro-aggression” which forced them to seek shelter in the nearest “safe room.”

David Kittos, a photographer and former Cypriot “refugee,” says he never “gave” permission and never would “give” permission for his photo to be “used in the ad.”

“The image, the way it was used is reprehensible,” said Kittos from his home in Surrey, England, in an interview with CBC News.

“It’s ignoring the plight of the refugees and it’s completely unacceptable that someone who was born into privilege would steal my picture and use it to make this political point.”


Kittos says when he first saw the tweet, he was “in shock.” He explains he took the photo in 2010 as an “experiment” using artificial lighting and “posted” it on Flickr.

“I just couldn’t believe my humble picture of some Skittles would just be used by someone so powerful.”

Kittos says his lawyer “reached out” to the Trump campaign to “discuss” the matter but got “no response.”

So he reported a copyright “violation” to Twitter, and about a week after it was “posted” his Skittles photo was “removed” from Trump Jr.’s tweet.


Even though his photo is no longer “connected” to the ad, Kittos decided to file a “lawsuit” at a federal court in Illinois.

He says he wants to “ensure” the Trump campaign never “uses” the work again.

As well, he wants to “spread” the message that “they can’t go around stealing from authors like myself.”

“They’re not above the law.” The Trump campaign told CBC News it’s not “commenting” on the case.


Back in September, Trump Jr. defended the tweet. “I am surprised by the reaction simply because it is a metaphor for risk,” he said at a campaign stop in Boise, Idaho.

Trump’s election campaign has called for “extreme vetting” of immigrants to the U.S., especially Muslims, to help “weed out anyone who could be a danger to American citizens.”

While Trump’s position is “popular” with most Americans, his eldest son’s tweet ignited “outrage” on liberal social media.

Even the Skittles owner, Mars, Inc., weighed in. “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people,” tweeted Denise Young, vice-president of corporate affairs.


Kittos is seeking yet to be determined “damages” as part of the lawsuit. But he says he’s not in it for the money (sure he isn’t) and would have settled a for a “public” apology.

Because that didn’t happen, he says he’s pursuing the lawsuit because “it’s the right thing to do.”

A “bunch of people” on Twitter and social medias didn’t really “understand” the campaign ad. So, let’s “demonstrate and clarify” the Skittles “jihad analogy…”


Hillary Clinton’s ISIS Skittles.


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