Ben Affleck is the most recent target of a recurring image of an altered T-shirt on social media.
An image purportedly shows the actor wearing a shirt that reads, “Losers in 1865, losers in 1945, losers in 2020.” Beside the dates are a Confederate flag, a swastika and a “Make America Great Again” hat.
“Whether you like Ben Affleck or not, the shirt is rocks,” reads a Dec. 28, 2021, Facebook post.
The post gathered more than 150 interactions within a week. Similar versions were also shared.
Even though the image is altered, users expressed approval in the comments. While Affleck has been publicly critical of former President Donald Trump, the image in the post was modified to include the slogan. The original image is from 2015 and shows the actor in a plain T-shirt.
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USA TODAY reached out to the user who shared the image for comment.
Shutterstock images and news reports feature the photograph in question, but they show Affleck was wearing a plain T-shirt while on an outing with his children.
“Ben Affleck drops off Violet Affleck at the doctor’s office in Brentwood,” reads the caption of an August 2015 Shutterstock photo.
An August 2015 article from Entertainment Tonight Online also shows the actor wearing an unadorned shirt.
In addition, the edited image shows the T-shirt with darker pigmentation than the original.
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Although the image of Affleck sporting the T-shirt is altered, similar shirts are listed for sale on popular sites such as Amazon and Etsy.
Based on our research, we rate ALTERED an image that shows Affleck wearing a T-shirt calling Trump supporters “Losers.” The original image is from 2015 and shows the actor in a plain T-shirt.
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