Donald Trump Jr’s tweet comparing Skittles to refugees caused a furore on social media on Tuesday and Wednesday.
@travismcelroy: “If someone told me three skittles in a bowl were poisonous, I would not want to be friends with that person anymore.”
@TheSciBabe: “I have decided I am giving out only skittles for Halloween. Low risk of allergies, delicious, and also THEY ARE NOT SYRIAN REFUGEES, FYI.” @JustinBeMore: “People are #notskittles. Save #syria. Help #syrianrefugees” @JThomasAlbert: “@DonaldJTrumpJr, You do know candy is checked for signs of poison before it’s tossed into the bowl, right? #notskittles” @NeenaHouse: “This is what Syrian refugees look like. Beautiful children. #NotSkittles. (Photo: Kim Edwards)” @robby1848: “#notSkittles” @rebelxpen: “I’m disgusted by our #politicians attitude toward #refugees. People are not disposable, they are not expendable. #2016election #notSkittles” @ShamsiZafar: “Hard to imagine but the son is a bigger idiot than his dad. These are #NotSkittles. #SkittlesAreNotPeople #TrumpFamily”
In a new development, according to news channel BBC, the man who took the photo of the Skittles used in the tweet was a former refugee. David Kittos from the United Kingdom saw that a photo he had posted to Flickr in January 2010 had become embroiled in a political controversy.
He told BBC, “This was not done with my permission, I don’t support his politics and I would never take his money to use it...In 1974, when I was six-years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees.”
@abarbalich: “Skittles are candy. Refugees are people. And stealing a copyrighted photograph is illegal. #notskittles”