Did John Barnes Appear on TV With Porn DVDs Behind Him?

A supposed embarrassing accident led to some online mockery of the former soccer player.

  • Published 12 June 2020

Claim

Pornographic DVDs could be seen behind former soccer player John Barnes during an appearance on Sky News television.

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Origin

In June 2020, a screenshot supposedly showing a set of pornographic DVDs on the shelves behind former soccer player John Barnes during an appearance on British TV channel Sky News was circulated on social media:

This is not a genuine still shot of Barnes during a TV appearance. The pornographic DVDs on the shelves behind Barnes were photoshopped into this image. In the original footage, various books, such as “Sober” by Tony Adams, and “Ghost on the Wall” by Derek Dohren, can be seen on the shelf behind him. 

Here’s a comparison of the fake image (left), and a still shot from the original footage (right):

Barnes’ interview on Sky News, in which he defended comedian Leigh Francis’ use of blackface, can be viewed here

While this image of pornographic DVDs behind Barnes is obviously fake, the fake photo seems to have been inspired by another embarrassing incident involving him.

A few days before the Barnes image started circulating online, he shared a meme on social media featuring an image of U.S. President Donald Trump that included a fictitious quote from Trump’s mother, in which she calls her son an idiot (you can read about the fake quote here). Barnes also inadvertently included a few stills from his camera roll that featured pornographic images. 

Barnes has since apologized for sharing the NSFW images: