An image of a Canadian Sikh man photoshopped to look like a Paris attacker with a suicide bomb vest and a Quran circulated on social media Saturday afternoon but was quickly debunked, Buzzfeed News reported.
The photo was even picked up by self-proclaimed Islamic State group supporters and Khilafah News, a popular pro-ISIS Telegram channel, despite containing obvious giveaways that the man was not one of the Paris suicide bombers, such as his Sikh turban and North American-style electrical outlets.
Veerender Jubbal, the man in the photo, pinned the ruse on supporters of Gamergate, the online movement that has been scrutinized for misogyny, racism and harassment tactics under the mantle of debating ethics in video game journalism. The original photo of Jubbal was a bathroom selfie taken with his iPad that he posted on Aug. 4.
“Gamers are absolute garbage like I have been saying for a full year,” Veerender tweeted Saturday afternoon. “People will not stop harassing, and bothering me.”