On October 31, 2020, the day of parliamentary election in Georgia, a Facebook user Tea Pirtskhalava published a photo of Condoleezza Rice, the former Secretary of State of the United States. On the picture, Rice is wearing a shirt that displays number 41, while the caption says “It’s My Team. Georgian Dream”. Pirtskhalava herself captioned the photo “Thunder-Photo from Washington”.
As of October 31, 16:30, Tea Pirtskhalava’s post had 233 reactions, 18 comments, and 18 shares. The post had been shared by individual users.
The disseminated post is a photomanipulation. In fact, the photo was taken in 2012 within a National Football League (NFL) campaign “It’s my team”. Rice’s shirt actually displays number 16, not 41, and she supports Cleveland Browns, not the Georgian Dream.
In 2012, NFL started a campaign called “It’s my team”. The campaign encouraged female supporters to support their team through a clothing line created using a design of their favorite team.
The former Secretary of State of the United States, Condoleezza Rice, joined the campaign as well as appeared with a shirt of Cleveland Browns, her favorite team.
Other famous women, including Melania Trump and Serena Williams, also joined the campaign.
By Mariam Talakhadze