When I did my Passover post, I started with a picture I had seen posted somewhere on the Internet of a woman wearing a piece of matzo as a face mask. I had no idea who she was, but as it was just before the start of Passover 2020 and I thought it was hilarious, I saved it. And then I used it for the top of this year’s post.
I can now happily inform you all, and give credit where it is due, that the creator of the picture and the matzo face mask model in the picture is Ms. Hannah Simpson. Ms. Simpson tried to let me and everyone else know in the comments, but our SPAM filter ate it and it was only discovered a short time ago by WaterGirl who forwarded it to me. Here’s the original image, which, of course has attribution as it was tweeted by Ms. Simpson:
— Hannah Simpson חנה הייה-לב סימפסון (@hannsimp) April 8, 2020
And here’s Ms. Simpson’s explanation via her now unSPAMed comment:
@Sister Golden Bear: Ironic the post talks about this, but the woman in the cover photo of this blog post is herself transgender. It’s me, and this is my photo that I have not yet been properly attributed for. It’s proper title is #UnleavenTheCurve and it belongs to and features Hannah Simpson.
Hi Adam Silverman,This is actually me, my selfie. Here is the original link, in fact:I’m a Jewish and transgender comedian who regularly writes and speaks on the intersections of queer identity, our faith, and modern life in general. Since the pandemic, I have also been working in Covid19 ICUs, morgues, vaccine sites, and as a contact tracer because I wanted to step up and serve my community (New York City). You can find lots more of my writing including about Passover by googling my name and Passover. I also run an Etsy shop selling Jewish Pride pins and jewelry at ChangedMe.etsy.com.The hashtag and title for the photograph is #UnleavenTheCurve.I hope you will promptly please properly attribute the image to me by editing this post immediately. As your blog is monetized, that’s a separate conversation to be had. I ask that you add my full name and clickable hyperlinks to my Instagram.com/hsimpso and/or Twitter.com/hannsimp accounts to drive followers to me. I also highly recommend that you consider using readily available “reverse image searches” before posting pictures because this information would have come up, and exposure without attribution is plagiarism. Saying you are not sure where something came from, if no due diligence was taken, does not suffice.Thank you for addressing this promptly.
I will add one final point: Ms. Simpson, no offense was intended, nor attempt to steal or misappropriate your work. Had I had any idea whose it was, and that it was created for a specific purpose/campaign, I would have first tried reaching out and asking if you were okay with us using it and, if you were not, then I would not have done so.
And I’m very sorry that both I and Balloon Juice made your acquaintance in this manner. I’ve had my professional work plagiarized in the past, so I understand exactly what your concerns are and I hope that this post, and adding appropriate attribution to the original one, will make proper amends.
If you still want me to take the pic in the original post down, please let me know and I will do so. I’m going to go, as soon as I hit publish on this one, and put the actual tweet in in place of it and ensure that it is properly attributed with a note indicating what I did and when.