Is This Pic Of An Iranian Woman Giving Ahmadi-Nejad The Finger Real Or Photoshopped? (UPDATED)

June 25, 2009

[via Gateway Pundit]

A classic response to the astroturfing.

Here is a photo of a female student flipping off Ahmadinejad the day they ran him off from the University (when all this revolt started).

Is this image of an Iranian woman giving Ahmadi-Nejad the finger real or Photoshopped?

Please please plesae please please be real.

Is the middle finger a universal symbol for the suggestion to self-copulate?


Drudge Potato Al doubts its authenticity in the comments section. Here is a close up of the bird in question:

flipthebird_cu by you.


Here is the original photo: LINK

Too bad it is not real, although it is still a very brave thing to do. Thanks to all of our amazing readers who sent in this link!

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14 Responses to Is This Pic Of An Iranian Woman Giving Ahmadi-Nejad The Finger Real Or Photoshopped? (UPDATED)

  1. Drudge Potato Al on June 25, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    Sadly, I would vote Photoshopped. There’s a bit of blurring on the left side of her sleeve and she should have her thumb crossing over the tip of her index finger (thumb appears absent). Mahmoud also would likely be looking right at her.

    Great image regardless.

  2. The Shadow on June 25, 2009 at 5:32 pm

    I vote for real. The shadows are correct on all figures. The reflections of the woman in the chrome are correct. With enough magnification you can see her thumb clearly. The blurring and artifacts are common with the cheap lenses on some cameras. If it’s Photoshopped it is an excellent job.

  3. HasItBeen4YearsYet? on June 25, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    That would be a pretty gutsy thing to do, especially given that Iran hangs people for less. Though I doubt they would wait for that. I can just hear OddJob telling his driver, “We’re late, step on it.” She wouldn’t have time to get out of the way.

    It’s phauxtoshopped

  4. HasItBeen4YearsYet? on June 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Look at the size of her hand relative to OddJob’s. Her’s is tiny by comparison, but she is supposed to be a LOT closer, i.e., no foreshortening with distance. Here it is in reverse

    and here…

    because some people will believe anything.

  5. Cypresspirate on June 25, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    One way to tell this isn’t real is there is no bullet exiting her head.

  6. Drudge Potato Al on June 25, 2009 at 6:57 pm

    Shadow is correct. The closer I look, the more I can see the thumb resting against the side of the 2nd joint in the index finger.

    When I try to make the same gesture with my thumb placed as in the photo, it’s physically impossible for me to fully extend the middle finger as in the image.

  7. Tricky on June 25, 2009 at 8:40 pm
  8. TrickyGringo on June 25, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Almost. She still blocked the motorcade, but she didn’t give the bird.

  9. Geneve Gil on June 25, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    Here is the original, folks:

    Still and incredibly courageous, audacious thing to do.

  10. Women Of Iran Lead The Resistance « Nice Deb on June 26, 2009 at 11:28 am

    [...] It was indeed a photoshop…but only the finger part: [...]

  11. MisterAJ on July 1, 2009 at 1:00 pm


    I loved the photoshop version, but the original also speaks volume…

    Whoever you are, little lady, I salute you and your big brass ovaries…


  12. Ian on September 20, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    I would be surprised to see anyone giving the finger in Iran, especially when it is customary to give the thumb (which is equivalent to the finger) or the “OK” sign (Which is equivalent to calling someone an “a**hole” . . .

    I still want to believe it’s real though :)

  13. Ramez Ibrahim on March 9, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    its real u could tell because u see her arms reflection in the chrome of the front of the car… i love this picture because a women had the guts to risk her life to express her feelings for that piece of shit president.

  14. Marjane on March 11, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    This is real (but not the finger) I was there. She god arrested 5 min after as she was walking away by 3 men and they dragged her into a van, pulling her by the hair. I didn’t know there were any picture until this morning, everyone’s phone was confiscated around.

    About the finger, it means the same in Iran than anywhere else. We’re not stupid. We watch movies too, even if it’s illegal. Everything is anyway, and no one care about us. Israel/Iran focuses all the attention. More Israel act that way, more they give legitimacy to the anti-us feeling in the Arabian street, more they get issues all around the western world by looking unfair, and more Iranian (who aren’t Arabs) suffer from this situation too.

    This president is a dirty pig anyway.


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