People Wonder: 'If They Gunned Me Down,' What Photo Would Media Use?
If you died, which picture would the media use? #IfTheyGunnedMeDown #MikeBrown https://t.co/lJMM9a0owk pic.twitter.com/YYxIbPB0xA— The Root (@TheRoot) August 11, 2014
The use of different photos to portray shooting victim Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer Saturday, prompted an interesting phenomenon on Twitter Monday: Users are posting "dueling" photos of themselves – one where the subject looks wholesome, and another where the same person might look like a troublemaker – with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown.
Behind the trend is the question of which photo the media would seize upon, if the posters had a run-in with police. For some, it's another way this episode calls to mind the shooting death of Trayvon Martin – and the various photos used to portray both the teenager and his killer, George Zimmerman.
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown what picture would the media choose? pic.twitter.com/8UOhfjl12L— ✗0 (@JayWrighter) August 11, 2014
As we reported earlier today, the killing of the unarmed Brown, 18, on the outskirts of St. Louis has prompted protests and prayer vigils — and a march that turned violent Sunday night.
On Sunday afternoon, an Atlanta man tweeted two photos with the #IfTheyGunnedMeDown hashtag, showing himself in a Marines uniform in one image and wearing a black cap and making a rude gesture in another.
From the BBC:
"The hashtag has proved wildly popular and been used more than 100,000 times in the last 24 hours. "#IfTheyGunnedMeDown Tweets should be required reading in every journalism class in America," said one tweeter."
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown which photo would they use? pic.twitter.com/y3y8tFHtPN— Aug. 25th #AVO (@WhoISdeante) August 11, 2014