Was Arnold Schwarzenegger spotted wearing a pro-Ukrainian jersey?
A photo featuring Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenneger has gone viral, appearing to show the latter wearing a dark green T-shirt with the map of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula illegally annexed by Russia in 2014, with the words “I will return”. . .”
The photo has been interpreted by many to mean that the Terminator star, who strongly opposed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is calling for the territory to be returned to Ukraine.
But others have questioned the provenance and authenticity of the viral image.
The image, featuring Schwarzenegger in the green t-shirt that reads “I’ll be back!”, his famous slogan, superimposed on the outline map of Crimea, was posted by several prominent social media accounts .
One was Paul Massaro, Senior Policy Advisor for Anti-Corruption and Sanctions at the Helsinki Commission, who captioned the image: “This is awesome and also true”.
The Tweeterposted on June 18, received over 20,000 interactions, including 19,800 likes. Newsweek contacted Paul Massaro for comment.
The image was also shared by pro-Ukrainian accounts on Twitter, Reddit and other platforms, garnering thousands of views and shares.
The image supposed to show Crimea on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-shirt is manipulated. A reverse image search reveals that the actor was in fact wearing a plain dark green T-shirt, which became a useful “blank canvas” for Photoshop enthusiasts to get creative with.
The original photo is dated June 2012, two years before the annexation of Crimea by Russia, and sports a plain shirt. The snap was taken by photographers at Cafe Roma in Beverly Hills, California on June 30, 2012, with additional photos confirming that no drawing or writing was present on Arnie’s T-shirt.
Notably, the photo has been edited and manipulated several times since its publication, in an attempt to push either pro-russian or pro-Ukraine posts, as well as neutral enthusiasts editing the picture for fun.
If the image of the top Schwarzenegger referring to Crimea is not real, the former governor of California has nevertheless repeatedly affirmed his opposition to the Russian invasion and his support for Ukraine.
On March 17, 2022, the Austrian-born actor called on the Russian people to stop the war, citing his own childhood experiences growing up in the aftermath of World War II and seeing his father face his own mistakes. past.
“I love the Russian people. That’s why I have to tell you the truth. Please watch and share,” he wrote in a tweet with his video address.
Most recently, during his online address to the Austrian World Summit climate conference, the Last Action Hero star called on Western nations to reduce Russian oil imports, saying “we have blood on our hands because we are financing the war”.
The movie star was also given a traditional ukrainian shirtthe vyshyvanka, as a gift from Ukrainian-born actor Vlad Kabanets, for his support of the Ukrainian cause.
While it doesn’t appear that Schwarzenegger has made recent comments directly addressing Crimea’s status, in 2014, shortly after Russia invaded the peninsula, he called on Republicans and Democrats to “be on the same pageabout their response to annexation.
Moreover, while promoting the film “Sabotage”, he appealed to Russia to “stop what they’re doing” and watch his film.
Newsweek contacted Arnold Schwarzenegger for comment.
The photo that shows Schwarzenegger wearing an “I’ll be back” Crimea t-shirt is not real, the original image of a plain green top has been modified. Although this photo is fake, the former California governor has been clear about his support for the Ukrainian people on other occasions, recently calling on the West to stop Russian oil imports.
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