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Kendall Jenner Denied Posting A Fake Photo Of Herself Holding A Black Lives Matter Sign After It Caused A Huge Backlash

"I DID NOT post this."

Kendall Jenner has responded after a photoshopped image of her holding a "Black Lives Matter" sign went viral.

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The image in question showed Kendall, complete with face mask, holding a placard ahead of what appeared to be a Black Lives Matter protest, and was apparently posted to her Facebook account.

However, eagle-eyed fans were quick to notice that the placard in her hands didn't appear in the reflection behind her, leading to accusations that she'd photoshopped the image before posting it.

And people began sharing the image alongside outraged captions. In fact, the original post has now racked up over 200,000 retweets and almost 1 million likes.

this right here is the scandal of 2020 come on @KendallJenner you should be ashamed y’all taking photoshop to the next level.😡 https://t.co/9jwq1LVhOi

"Stop photoshopping signs into your pictures and actually use your platform to do some good," wrote one person.

@KendallJenner stop photoshopping signs into your pictures and actually use your platform to do some good. https://t.co/jUBm0BSGxa

"Kendall Jenner photoshopping a sign in her hands is a pretty good indication of how seriously people should take celebrity opinions," wrote another.

Kendall Jenner photoshopping a sign in her hands is a pretty good indication of how seriously people should take celebrity opinions

"You want to steal as much as you can from black culture but can’t even be bothered to actively attend a protest properly," said another commenter.

Kendall Jenner poorly photoshopping a sign into her hands is so laughable. You want to steal as much as you can from black culture but can’t even be bothered to actively attend a protest properly. We all know she probably went for the picture and then left again.

Plenty of others accused Kendall of being insensitive — especially in light of her controversial Pepsi commercial which was unearthed again last week as Black Lives Matter protests took place across the world.

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The 2017 advert showed Kendall leaving a photoshoot to join a protest and calming the situation with a can of Pepsi. After thousands of people complained about the "tone-deaf" and "inappropriate" commercial, it was pulled the following day with Pepsi releasing an official apology.

Kendall addressed the backlash 6 months later, revealing that she felt "so fucking stupid" for participating, adding that she never would have agreed had she known the upset the commercial would cause.

However, Kendall has now responded to the backlash, logging on to Twitter to deny posting the image and confirming that it had been doctored.

"This is photoshopped by someone," she wrote. "I did NOT post this."

this is photoshopped by someone. i DID NOT post this. https://t.co/nQ7uNnGB20

In fact, it appears that the photo was actually taken in November 2019, and shows Kendall at a race track where she spent her 24th birthday with friends and family. Here's the original image.

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What's more, as @z3dster notes, the Facebook account the doctored image was posted to has no link to Kendall.

The controversy comes less than a week after Kendall shared a lengthy Instagram post in support of the Black Lives Matter movement following criticism of her silence in the wake of George Floyd's death.

"I've been doing a lot of thinking these past few days and my heart has been so heavy," Kendall's post began. "I'm angry and hurt just like so many."

She continued: "I will never personally understand the fear and pain that the black community go through on a daily basis, but I know that nobody should have to live in constant fear."

Kendall went on to acknowledge her white privilege, before urging her followers to "take real action" away from social media and reminding them to vote.

"This is a time to have those uncomfortable conversations with people and mainly with ourselves," she wrote. "We must also make sure we are ready to vote when the time comes to elect the right people into office."

Ellie Woodward is a deputy news director for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Woodward at ellie.woodward@buzzfeed.com.

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