An art school in Lyon, France has had its integrity called into question after it was allegedly caught Photoshopping black students into its group photos. Compare the results and judge for yourself.
The Émile Cohl art school was apparently inspired to make the changes in its efforts to appeal to an American market. But the institute has been forced to issue an apology after several of its students made claims that their faces had been “digitally darkened” on the American version of the faculty’s website — with some black people even being inserted into the middle of the class photo.
Naturally, the Internet’s having none of it, with one Twitter user, who is claiming to be a former student, posting both of the photos online for all to see.
With plans to expand to Los Angeles next year, the school’s attempt to diversify its current alumni has backfired spectacularly. Speaking to CNN, the assistant director of the school, Emmanuel Perrier, apologized:
The communication company decided on its own to darken the skin of some students to add diversity. The communication campaign was made from the U.S.
He admits to not noticing the amendments to the images until highlighted by students. It has since been removed, two days after it first appeared on the website, and although refusing to name the communications company behind the campaign, he insists the contract between the two has been terminated.