AleXsandro Palombo FAKES: Shock as images of battered Kate Middleton are plastered across Europe
Palombo describes himself as a 'contemporary pop artist & activist, focusing on pop culture, society, diversity, ethics, and human rights'
Shocking images of Kate Middleton have been found plastered across Europe. The photo has been used as part of a campaign to curb domestic violence against women. The Duchess of Cambridge appears to have multiple cuts and bruises on her face with a black eye. The photos were edited by artist AleXsandro Palombo and were done so without permission from Kensington Palace according to reports. These posters are plastered on bus stops and buildings in Spain and Milan and are accompanied by equally disturbing captions. Photos of other well-known celebrities have been used for the same campaign including Ursula von der Leyen, Kate Middleton, Kamala Harris, Christine Lagarde, and Queen Letizia of Spain.
Palombo describes himself as a "contemporary pop artist & activist, focusing on pop culture, society, diversity, ethics, and human rights." These photos have also been posted to his Instagram feed and he shared it with the caption, "Why should a woman report the violence if after the report she is not protected by the institutions and ends up being killed anyway? How can a woman victim of abuse and violence still have faith in the institutions? I only see the Politics inviting women to report but without taking the responsibility of giving protection and support to the victims. A State that does not protect but leaves women alone in the hands of their tormentor becomes a silent accomplice. There are many associations of volunteers who, with very little means, try to support the victims, but it is to the politics, institutions, and the State to assume this responsibility."
'Seems like somebody lacks respect': Internet lashes out at Palombo
It's understood that the images of these celebrities shown as victims of abuse were used to visually shock people than suggest that they were facing these situations in real life. However, a certain section of people on social media has raised concerns over these images. "Seems like somebody lacks respect," read a comment on his Instagram post. Another wrote, "You're 100% mentally challenged lmao." According to Daily Mail, another comment read, "You are not funny. Don’t use images of women who didn’t give you their authorisation."
Palombo's other artworks include popular Disney princesses as breast cancer survivors. He also illustrated a masked up Wonder Woman as a frontline worker holding a banner that reads, "I stay at work for you, you stay at home for us." He drew Bart and Marge Simpson as people of color holding the 'Stop Racism' banner. Another artwork by him sees Prince Charles and Lady Diana with the words "Prince Charming doesn't exist" written at the back of the former's tuxedo.