That Viral Photo of Theresa May With The Scream Painting is Totally Fake

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Have you seen that photo of Theresa May and her fellow Tories in front of the Edvard Munch painting, The Scream? It’s going viral on Twitter at the moment. But sadly, it’s completely fake.

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The photo actually dates back to September 2016 and shows British Prime Minister Theresa May with 27 cabinet members. The photo took some heat when it was first released for showing a “genuinely impressive lack of diversity” in the British government. But, more recently, some unknown photoshop artist turned it into a dig at the state of British politics here in 2017.

The real photo is below, and as you can see, the famous 1893 painting is nowhere to be seen.

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Illustration for article titled That Viral Photo of Theresa May With The Scream Painting is Totally Fake

It’s not actually the most recent photo of May and her cabinet, which you can see below. This latest photo was released by Downing Street on July 17, 2017 and shows everyone in front of that same painting.

Illustration for article titled That Viral Photo of Theresa May With The Scream Painting is Totally Fake

But do you want to see a photo that’s not only completely real, but also a bit strange? This one of Boris Johnson hasn’t been altered in any way.

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(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)

And, um, neither has this one.

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
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Or this one.

(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
(AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko, Pool)
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Or, um, this one.

(Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
(Photo by Jack Hill - WPA Pool /Getty Images)
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I guess what I’m trying to say is that the British government has a weird relationship to robots. And you don’t need to go around photoshopping anything to find embarrassing pictures of the Tories.

Matt Novak is the editor of Gizmodo's Paleofuture blog

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‘I guess what I’m trying to say is that the British government has a weird relationship to robots.’

The consensus over here is that the Prime Minister is a robot (named the MayBot by the Guardian’s John Crace) and is having real trouble with its empathy functions. A massive reboot in June didn’t really do much good so they’ve packed it off to the Alps for a few weeks whilst the country is in the less than capable hands of the rest of the Cabinet.

Basically, we’re living in a really shitty Westworld where the robots are neither sexy nor homicidal but instead are near-perfect replicas of minor accountants. They won’t so much rebel as audit people to death.