A viral photo circulating on social media since early 2022 appears to show action movie star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson sporting a T-shirt bearing the slogan "Keep America Trumpless." However, as we quickly learned by performing a reverse-image search, that photograph was digitally manipulated.
This is how the altered photo looked on Twitter on March 12, 2023:
We traced the image to promotional materials for the Dwayne Johnson film "San Andreas," in which he played search-and-rescue helicopter pilot, released in 2015.
The original photograph (below, right) shows Johnson wearing a Los Angeles Fire Department T-shirt. The manipulated photo (below, left) shows someone's attempt to exploit the actor's image to promote their own political agenda. It's a technique often employed on social media.
San Andreas. Directed by Brad Peyton, New Line Cinema, Village Roadshow Pictures, RatPac-Dune Entertainment, 2015.
WarnerBros.Com | San Andreas | Movies. https://www.warnerbros.com/movies/san-andreas. Accessed 13 Mar. 2023.
MacGuill, Dan. "Media Literacy: How to Spot T-Shirts Bearing Fabricated Messages." Snopes, 30 Mar. 2022, https://www.snopes.com/news/2022/03/30/t-shirt-fake-message/.