Hillary Clinton Used Model from Syphilis PSA?

A purported Hillary Clinton ad hashtagged #ManEnough4Hillary wasn't created or distributed by her campaign.

  • Published 26 May 2016

Claim

Hillary Clinton's campaign created a #ManEnough4Hillary ad featuring a male model also associated with a syphilis PSA.

Collected via Twitter, May 2016

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Origin

On 26 May 2016, the image reproduced above was shared on Twitter by National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. The purported Hillary Clinton campaign ad showed a male model and the hashtag #ManEnough4Hillary:

The image from the purported campaign ad appeared to be a stock photo that was also used for a public service announcement about syphilis:

The ad was apparently accepted as legitimate, and the web sites Daily Caller and the Daily Wire both published articles mocking the campaign for its lack of due diligence. In the latter, Ben Shapiro wrote:

On Thursday, the Hillary Clinton campaign released one of the worst ads in political history. A stock photo male model smoldering into camera, a tattoo sleeve down his arm, his face bearded nearly as much as Hillary’s marriage, with the caption “I am man enough to vote for a woman…Are you?” This is everything wrong with the Hillary campaign. First off, grabbing a stock photo of popular male models comes with some problematic search results [image of bus ad.] Hillary, like syphilis, is the gift that keeps on giving.

Social media users appeared to be amused by what they perceived to be either poor vetting of campaign imagery, or simply a humorous juxtaposition showing what appeared to be the same male model. Most took the images at face value, presuming that the Clinton campaign selected the same male model (or a very similar looking one) for a male-targeted ad as was featured in a PSA regarding sexually transmitted infections:

_14__The_face_of_syphilis_endorses_Clinton__Do_you__-_People_Over_Politics  

The hashtag #ManEnough4Hillary first appeared in late March 2016. The user who tweeted the hashtag added an Instagram photograph to the first tweet:

 

#ManEnough4Hillary #imwithher #dem4life #hrc #hillaryclinton

A photo posted by Craig Robert Young (@craigyoung26) on

That version appeared to involve one social media user who applied it to himself, and there was no indication that the Clinton campaign had either created or adopted it as a social media tool at any time. The hashtag didn’t begin popping up again until early May 2016, when the initial image was mocked by a Twitter user:

Whether the image was used for a standalone joke or specifically arranged to fit in with the “syphilis” quips, the #ManEnough4Hillary ad was not an authentic Clinton campaign effort, which was confirmed by a spokesperson from the Hillary Clinton campaign.

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