Around here it might be a bit controversial but elsewhere probably not. It’s not offensive or anything, it just isn’t what it appears.
(Personally it pisses me off the couple are being hailed as romantic heroes of some sort when they were part of a rioting mob and didn’t move out of the way of the police. The rioting and looting had been going on for hours before dark and anyone who was still hanging around to get trampled by cops at this time was part of the idiocy.)
It is an outstanding photo for sure and it’s an interesting statement on how a single frame taken out of context can really change a story. On it’s own without the back story it’s quite a beautiful image. Knowing the backstory and being close to the riots and having strong feelings about it ruins it for me though.
A conversation piece for sure! Let us know how it goes over if you use it.
After reading your comments and others on that site,I can understand the frustration you must feel about what happened the other night but give these 2 a break. They weren’t rioting and they weren’t just about to fuck on the street,they were just at the wrong place at the wrong time. I feel like people are getting so caught up with extreme sides of the situation where they cant just stop and take in for a moment what a tender moment this picture shows. Plus,I heard the buses and trains leading out of downtown were closed off so even they wanted to escape,they couldn’t.
The skytrain was running all night. It stopped bringing people into downtown but was taking people out all night. The picture was taken at 10:30, really late in the riot. Anyone still on the streets downtown at that time, hours after the game ended and hours after the rioting had started, was there because they wanted to be there so it’s ridiculous for them to be acting as if they had a right to be there and had a right to reason with riot police and not get pushed out of the way with the thousands of other dickheads ignoring the police warnings.
The police couldn’t get at the vandals and goons because of the thousand of idiots blocking the way, standing there with their cell phones encouraging the destruction by being an audience for it all.
They weren’t breaking windows or looting (that we know of) but they sure weren’t just a sweet little couple caught in a bad situation that the mean police brutalized and overreacted to.
I still think it’s a beautiful photo, on it’s own but the backstory and the couple’s comments to the media, not so much.