A photo in which President Trump appears to have exaggerated fake brown lines that leave a dark orange steak on top of his face continues to illuminate social media platforms, even though Trump claims it has been photoshopped.
The original image, shared by photographer William Moon, has taken on a life of its own because Trump is compared to Cats, Mrs. Doubtfire, a three year old mess with their mother’s makeup, and even what your face looks like when you open the oven to check your cooking food.
The photo continues to do the rounds on Twitter and Instagram under the hashtag #OrangeFace as a joke that compares it to the controversial photos dug up by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface.
Trump tweeted on Saturday that the image had been photoshopped, but that his ‘hair looks good’.
President Trump’s original photos do not show that the tan lines are so exaggerated as in those that gave rise to a series of hilarious memes
A popular comparison for the photo was with the film Cats with Trump in face paint
One meme compared Trump to the iconic scene in Mrs Doubtfire, where Robin Williams’s character covers his face with cream to disguise himself
This meme compared Trump’s makeup with a robotic face
“Trudeau didn’t just get into trouble here,” Twitter asked Chase Mitchell.
Others get closer to home and Trump’s other controversies and offer that he looks “accused,” while a woman begs everyone to lay down the tanner and use this photo as a word for the sages not to do it.
A Twitter user wondered how you “could have millions” and still use cheap makeup without anyone around you telling you it doesn’t match your skin color.
“No one tells him that his foundation does not suit his face,” she writes.
Trump reportedly prefers his own makeup, private, and has refused the services of a White House makeup artist funded by taxpayers.
Some claimed that the colorless was disrespectful, even if only for pumpkins, and another said it looks like “when your 3-year-old gets into your wife’s makeup.”
Trump’s look was also compared to ‘girls before there were makeup tutorials about YouTube’.
One meme compared the president with a corgi in a suit
Another suggested that Trump was accidentally sprayed with wood varnish through a hole in an open fence
The funniest memes found their way to Instagram, because everything from Bob Ross to painting your garden fence was used to mock the President’s appearance.
An Instagram post compared the image to the scene in Mrs. Doubtfire where Robin Williams pushes his face at a cake, the user claims they are not a fan of the remake. Others changed the entire movie and called Mrs. Dumpsterfire.
Another post claimed that Trump had probably stuck his head into a hole in a fence while someone gave it a spray gun.
The ‘orange face’ appearance was also compared to a dog and the way your face looks when you open an open kitchen to check your pizza.
Twitter users compared the look with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in blackface
The president has been compared several times with the Cheetos snack, and this time it was no different with a user who put together a new skin tone for the Revlon makeup brand that Trump says.
The color was also compared to the stain that remains in tupper ware when you hold a sauce, especially spaghetti.
And of course he was most often compared to the famous Oompa Loompas, the creatures with an orange skin from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory from Roald Dahl. One Twitter user even rewrote his song to include texts about the president.
The original photo was taken on Friday at the White House South Lawn by mysterious photographer William Moon and appears to be considerably edited in comparison to other photos taken by the White House pool.
Trump went to Twitter on Saturday to criticize a photo that was altered to show him with a flattering line around his face.
‘More fake news. This was of course photo shoped, but the wind was strong and the hair looks good? Nothing to hear! “Trump tweeted, responded to a man from Denmark who mocked the photo and showed it in” orangeface “and with #toomuchmakeup.
In a statement to DailyMail.com, Moon admitted that he had changed the photo and said, “The photo has never been photoshopped, but has used the Apple smartphone photo app to adjust the color of the photo.”
Little is known about Moon, a mysterious figure who is a favorite among QAnon devotees, who search his photos and videos for clues that tie in with their pedophile-cabal conspiracy theory.
Moon is not employed by the White House, nor is he a member of the Association of White Photographers.
Donald Trump responded to the black-and-white “photo-shop” image on Saturday
Trump would do his own makeup privately and does not use a makeup artist
Moon, however, seems to have at least limited references to access to the White House and regularly publishes original photos and videos from open press events there.
Moon’s Twitter bio account reads: “Correspondent of the White House, Journalist, Photographer, Poet and Pesco Vegetarian.”
News photography experts from DailyMail.com have reviewed Trump’s photos posted on Moon’s Twitter account on Friday, one in color and one in black and white.
They concluded that both had gone through different steps of software editing to change the color balance and contrast, steps that are generally considered inappropriate for news photos.
Trump himself also made some jokes about his skin color and said in September that energy-saving lamps ‘make him look like always orange’.
The Washington Post responded with an in-depth article interviewing experts from various fields who claimed that lighting was not responsible for the skin color of the president.
The study concluded that atypically heavy application of bronzer, or perhaps artificial tanner, was probably the cause of Trump’s hue.
The White House has previously said that the President’s glow is due to “good genes” and the use of light powder before TV appearances.