Politics

Fake Interview and Photos, as if Grigol Vashadze Worked in the Porn Industry in New York

27 November, 2018

On November 21, 2018, Facebook page "არქივარიუსი - Archivist" published an interview from the 2009 year’s edition of the newspaper Карнавал, where "Archivist" claims that Grigol Vashadze speaks about his personal life and recalls that he was working in the porn-industry in New York.

In addition to the interview, the newspaper published three photos, one of which portrayed Grigol Vashadze, and the other two - porn actor Ron Jeremy. "Interview" says that producer chose Vashadze because of his physical resemblance with Ron Jeremy.

It should be noted that the Archivist’s Facebook post was also a sponsored one.

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An interview published by Archivist is fake and photos are the manipulation. Such magazine / newspaper as "Карнавал" can’t be found on Internet.

1. Magazine with the similar design and titled as “Карнавал” can’t be found

Magazine / newspaper „Карнавал” with the similar graphic design as depicted on a photo can’t be found on internet. Article titled "Григол Вашадзе на порно индустрии" can’t be found either.

There is the Russian-language literary magazine " Карнавал " available online, but without any information about Grigol Vashadze or Ron Jeremy. Moreover, the site was created in 2014, when April 11, 2009 is noted as the date of the fake interview.

  2. Photo manipulations

Fake interview contains three photos, two photos of Ron Jeremy and one photo of Grigol Vashadze."

The first photo portrays Ron Jeremy, but it’s a manipulation. In the original image taken by Avery Willard, Jeremy doesn’t wear glasses, while in the manipulated article he has the glasses similar to Grigol Vashadze, to emphasize physical resemblance between them.

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The portrait of Grigol Vashadze included in a fake interview with the caption of “Grigol Vashadze in New York. 1990” is the subject of manipulations too. This photo was taken by the Russian-Ukrainian journalist and photographer Anastasia Fedorenko (Анастасия Федоренко) and portrays Grigol Vashadze with his wife Nino Ananiashvili. According to the photo metadata, the digitalization date of the photo is August 18, 2014.

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Prepared By Mariam Topchishvili
Regional Network of Media Literacy Lab