More in the culture wars. Another blow has been struck for political correctness, another victory in the war against that heinous crime – smoking.
Pitiful isn’t it? Poor Winston’s mouth now looks like he survived a stroke. And who was responsible for this nice bit of historical revisionism? The Cancer Society? Close but no cigar. A London Museum!
In the well-known original image, Churchill makes a “V” shaped symbol with his fingers – while gripping a cigar in the corner of his mouth.
But in a reproduction of the picture, hanging over the main entrance to a London museum celebrating the wartime leader, he has been made into a non-smoker through the use of image-altering techniques.
And it took a museum patron to notice.
The alteration of the original image, taken in 1948 during the opening of a new military headquarters, was noticed by David McAdam, a visitor to the museum.
He told the Daily Mail: “I pointed out this crude alteration to a museum steward who said she hadn’t noticed the change before, nor had anyone else pointed it out.
“So much for the notion that only communist tyrants airbrushed history.”
Well, ahem. David McAdam should think again about that statement.