1,000 Words: The woman on Westminster Bridge

A woman at the scene of this week’s terrorist attack in Westminster is finding out firsthand how fake news works.

Photographer Jamie Lorriman took this photo of a Muslim woman on the Westminster Bridge as people came to the aid of a victim.

The Internet took it from there:

Lorriman, who was obviously at the scene, tells the Guardian that people spreading it maliciously are wrong.

“Looking back at the pictures now she looks visibly distraught in both pictures in my opinion,” he said. “She’s in the middle of an unfolding horrific scene… I think her expression to me says that she’s horrified by what she’s seen and she just needs to get out of the situation.

“We were all being told to clear the bridge at various stages, so it’s not unreasonable to think she’d been told to leave the bridge at some point just like everybody else.”

“The look on the woman’s face, she’s horrified, she’s in the middle of a traumatic situation. She probably just wanted to get off the bridge.

“I feel so sorry for the woman in the picture. If she’s seen this, she must feel awful,” he said.

A picture is worth 1,000 words. Sometimes, all the words are wrong.

  • jon

    Ohhh let me try to caption it!

    “White guy stands around with hands in pockets while woman with head scarf calls 999* to report act of terrorism in london!”

    *british 911

    • The guys were talking about their NCAA brackets.

      • Gary F

        They are British, Putting their bets on Arsenal versus Man City. And wondering why Leicester isn’t good this year.

  • Jerry

    A picture can tell a 1000 words.

    That doesn’t mean those words are true.

  • Jeff C.

    Another picture from the accident.
    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/C7jeTc9VwAAdd_F.jpg

  • Gary F

    There is already two people helping the victim, just how many more are needed? What are they expecting her to do?

    • Mike Worcester

      If you look at the other photo in Jeff C’s comment, there are as many as four people rendering assistance. At some point it does become too many.

    • jon

      Muslim healing magic.

      Similar concept:
      https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magical_Negro

  • Mike Worcester

    Unfortunately I’ve already seen one of those showing up on my FB feed; it does not take long. And the reactions are, sadly, predictable.

  • Ralphy

    The chronic vilification of brown people and non-Christians, of people that don’t look like the haters….
    This is a cancer in our society that, unchecked, will destroy us all.

  • dave

    ANY time the discussion involves the motives of somebody, I turn on my skeptic filter. I barely understand my own motives, much less my wife and certainly not a stranger.

    Yet it seems 1/2 the country KNOWS the motives of the other 1/2 of the country with certainty……sigh 🙁

    • In the absence of data, as I always say, people will supply their own based on their bias rather than try to learn more facts.

      • Will

        I agree 100%.