ATLANTA,GEORGIA (VINnews) — Senator David Perdue who is running to retain his seat in Georgia, placed an attacking add in which he accused his opponent, Jon Ossoff, of trying to “buy Georgia.” However Perdue was forced to delete the add immediately since it artificially enlarged the nose of his Jewish opponent.
The add used an old Reuters image of Ossoff from 2017 but according to three graphic design experts who spoke with the Forward, it lengthened and widened his nose, even as other parts of his face stayed the same size and proportions.
In response, the Perdue campaign claimed that the distortion of Ossoff was a mistake and would be removed from Facebook where it was posted.
A Perdue campaign statement said that “In the graphic design process handled by an outside vendor, the photo was resized and a filter was applied, which appears to have caused an unintentional error that distorted the image. Obviously, this was accidental, but to ensure there is absolutely no confusion, we have immediately removed the image from Facebook. Anybody who implies that this was anything other than an inadvertent error is intentionally misrepresenting Senator Perdue’s strong and consistent record of standing firmly against anti-Semitism and all forms of hate.”
Ossoff was not mollified by the explanation and wrote on Twitter that “Sitting U.S. Senator David Perdue’s digital attack ad distorted my face to enlarge and extend my nose. I’m Jewish. This is the oldest, most obvious, least original anti-Semitic trope in history. Senator, literally no one believes your excuses.” Ossoff demanded that Perdue apologize for the “blatantly antisemitic” ad.
Senator David Perdue just ran an attack ad that artificially enlarged the nose of his Jewish opponent, Jon @Ossoff.
The ad claims that “Democrats are trying to buy Georgia.”
— Bend the Arc: Jewish Action (@jewishaction) July 28, 2020
Dov Wilker, the head of the AJC’s Atlanta office, wrote that “We were shocked to see Senator Perdue’s add and to learn that Jon Ossoff’s nose had been altered. This along with the reference to a Jewish senator and reference to “buying Georgia” evokes antisemitic imagery that is best confined to the dustbin of history. We call upon the Senator to apologize and would be happy to meet with him and his staff to discuss antisemitism as it continues its steady rise at home and abroad.”