Thursday, October 18, 2012
Nadine's Been Misrepresented - Misusing the Photo of A Child with Special Needs
[Update 1; 18 Oct evening: it looks like I have been blocked on TRS pages, and my previous comments stating the truth all deleted. But thank you, everyone who helped put the link there on their page and pressured them to take down the post. You can also report the photo as spam/scam]
My friend Edwin alerted me to this photo of Nadine being posted on The Real Singapore (TRS)'s Facebook page. Someone called Sara tried to put up a bleeding heart meme, using Nadine's photo as a child with Down Syndrome. Saying (absolutely untruthfully) that Nadine doesn't think herself beautiful, and asking for likes so that she can show Nadine later "that she is truly beautiful”.
That is utter bullshit. Nadine has no such negative concepts about herself, and I don't know who this Sara is - we know everyone who knows Nadine.
And that photo is from four years ago, taken at Ya Kwang (which has long since closed shop) when Nadine was only two years old. You can see the original photo in my post here about Down Syndrome awareness. I have plenty more recent photos of Nadine. Does Sara really know Nadine?
While the intention may be sweet - getting people to show affection for a kid with Down Syndrome - and the comments (plus over 11,000 likes) have been enormously heartwarming, this whole thing is totally false. I feel bad that readers are being hoodwinked this way. And I really hate that someone flagrantly used a photo of a real person without permission to falsely represent a young child, one with special needs at that who cannot respond to rectify the matter.
We alerted TRS admin and they've apologised, but it's taking a while to get the photo removed as they "can only hide it until everyone who shared it has been notified to remove it from their walls."
Well, it's not being hidden. I don't know why it should be so complicated - can't they just delete their own wall photo? But this whole thing just underscores how much we need to respect the use of photos of other people. They have photo release documents for that very reason alone.
I'm posting this as further verification that I, Catherine Ling, own this blog and am indeed the parent of Nadine shown above.
Posted 6:31 PM