A photo of Captain America actor Chris Evans wearing an anti-Trump t-shirt has recently gone viral, but it’s a fake. The message on Evans’ shirt actually read “State of Oregon” but was digitally replaced with an anti-Trump message. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Printed messages, including those on t-shirts, are easy to doctor and should always be verified before being shared. As Dan Evon points out in his fact-check of this photo for Snopes (linked below), doctored t-shirt rumors featuring celebrities are common — and sometimes feature shirts for sale online, which underscores one possible motivation for their creation and circulation.
- “Fact Check-Chris Evans was not wearing a ‘Keep America Trumpless’ t-shirt in this photo” (Reuters Fact Check).
- “Did Chris Evans Wear a ‘Keep America Trumpless’ Shirt?” (Snopes, Dan Evon).
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