A white Democrat running for Georgia governor has been accused of misappropriating Martin Luther King Jr.’s image after her marketing campaign posted an advert making an attempt to tie her to the slain civil rights chief.
The advert through Stacey Evans’ marketing campaign featured the gubernatorial candidate attending an annual provider for King on the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. It confirmed Ms. Evans socializing with congregants and ended with an image of her clapping in slow-motion because it light right into a portrait of King.
The church stated in a observation Thursday that the Evans marketing campaign shot the video with out the church’s consent.
“Our church leadership and administration does not condone such use of the church’s iconography or worship space,” the church stated. “Any official videography and photography should be approved by the church office in advance.”
The Evans marketing campaign stated it got rid of the video closing week in a while after church officers referred to as, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Referring to the juxtaposition of Ms. Evans’ and King’s pictures, a number of black publications accused the candidate of doing blackface. “White Candidate for Georgia Governor Basically Does MLK Blackface,” learn The Root’s headline. The Grio’s headline blared, “Georgia gubernatorial candidate invents new way to do blackface.”
Ms. Evans is running within the Democratic number one towards Stacey Abrams, who's black. The Evans marketing campaign stated the complaint is an effort through Ms. Abrams to “distort” the that means of the video, The Journal-Constitution reported.
“No matter how much others may seek division for political gain, we will remain focused on bringing Georgians together to win this election and accomplish those goals,” the Evans marketing campaign stated in a observation.
GA Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Evans will get the #GirlByeAward for seeking to shield her tone deaf and offensive business! And no, the @staceyabrams marketing campaign didn’t question me to mention this. https://t.co/KP4NjsuVwN
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) January 24, 2018