Ayanna Adannay Blair-Ford

"Have you seen it? Moral hypocrisy and the interaction between media and personal bias."

Section MS7, Helene Kazan

Keywords: identity, feminist methodologies

On the 30th of May 2019, Chris and Melina were attacked, in a homophobic hate crime. A graphic image of the attack was circulated on social media and by major media outlets.

One of the attacked women wrote an article about the attack, where she speaks about the role her identity played in the attack and the public support that followed. This project aims to address media bias and its role in facilitating moral hypocrisy, and how identity politics play into emotional responses from the public.

This project comprises a short film (shared here as an audio track), recreating the photograph and a radio interview about the attack, with subjects of various races, genders and sexualities. By changing the context of the incident, ’Have you seen it?’ forces the audience to look beyond the bias of the media into their own.

The original article covering the attack written by Christine Hannigan for the Guardian - ‘You saw me covered in blood on a bus. But do you get outraged about all homophobia?’