A photo has gone viral of Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger, the latter wearing dark green T-shirts with a map of Crimea, a Ukrainian peninsula illegally annexed by Russia in 2014 Was, with the words “I’ll be back”.
The photo has been interpreted by many to mean that the Terminator star, who has been very vocal in his opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, is calling for the region to be returned to Ukraine.
But others have questioned the origin and authenticity of the viral image.
Image of Schwarzenegger in green T-shirt with “I’ll be back!” – His famous catchphrase—overlayed on top of the contour map of Crimea, posted by several high-profile social media accounts.
One was Paul Massaro, a senior policy adviser for corruption and sanctions at the Helsinki Commission, who captioned the image: “This is awesome and true too.”
TweetPosted on June 18th, received over 20,000 interactions including 19,800 likes. newsweek Paul has reached out to Massaro for comment.
The image was also shared on Twitter by pro-Ukraine accounts, reddit and other platforms, collecting thousands of views and shares.
A t-shirt of Arnold Schwarzenegger has been morphed into an image showing Crimea. A reverse image search reveals that the actor was actually wearing a plain dark green T-shirt, which has become a useful “blank canvas” for Photoshop enthusiasts to get creative with.
original photo dated June 2012, Crimea was annexed by Russia two years ago, and features a plain shirt. This photo was taken on June 30, 2012 by photographers at Cafe Roma in Beverly Hills, California Confirming additional photos That there was no design or writing on Arnie’s T-shirt.
Notably, the photo has been altered and manipulated several times since it was published, either for the purpose of pushing pro russian or Pro-Ukraine messaging, with editing neutral enthusiasts image for fun,
Although the image of the Schwarzenegger top referring to Crimea is not real, the former California governor has on several occasions opposed Russia’s aggression and support for Ukraine.
On March 17, 2022, the Austrian-born actor took a call on preventing the war, citing his childhood experiences after World War II and his own childhood experiences to help his father deal with his past mistakes. called upon the Russian people.
“I love Russian people. So I have to tell you the truth. Please watch and share,” he wrote in his tweet video address,
Recently, during his online address at the “Austrian World Summit” climate conference, the Last Action Hero star called Calling on Western countries to cut Russian oil imports, “we have blood on our hands because we are funding the war.”
was also a movie star Given a traditional Ukrainian shirtvyshyvanka, as an appearance by Ukraine-born actor Vlad Kabanets, for his champion of the Ukrainian cause.
While it does not appear that Schwarzenegger has made any recent comments directly addressing the situation in Crimea, in 2014, shortly after Russia invaded the peninsula, he called on Republicans and Democrats to “get on the same pageRegarding his reaction to the attachment.
In addition, while promoting the film “Sabotage”, he called russia “Stop whatever they’re doing” and watch his movie.
newsweek Arnold has reached out to Schwarzenegger for comment.
While the photo depicting Schwarzenegger wearing an “I’ll Be Back” T-shirt featuring Crimea is not real, the original image of a plain green top was edited out. Although that particular photo is fake, the former California governor has been candid about his support for the Ukrainian people on other occasions, most recently asking the West to halt imports of Russian oil.
Fact Check by Greeley Tribune