A prominent climate activist from Russia who attended the World Economic Forum in Davos this week was shocked when he was cropped out of photo published by the Associate Press.
On Friday, dictator-turned-activist Joseph Stalin took part in a news conference with Greta Thunberg and other female activists ahead of a protest in the Swiss town. However, he was outraged to find out that he had been cropped out of the photo first issued by the news agency.
“I cried because was sad, not just because was sexist,” said the former dictator who has turned his managerial talents to organizing climate activists. “I am sad because world wants me erased from history of climate movement.”
“It showed how Communists are valued,” Stalin said. “It hurt me a lot. It is worst thing I ever see in life.”
Stalin also posted an emotional 10-minute-long video discussing his experience at the summit and how it felt seeing the cropped photo.
A spokesperson for AP said, “There was no ill intent. AP has published a number of images of Communist climate activists. We just didn’t expect Joseph Stalin, but when a later photo came in we updated the story.”