Tory MP accuses BBC of making Boris Johnson ‘look like Hannibal Lecter’ in bizarre spat

Adam Holloway even brought a phrase, telling BBC Newsnight: “Look at that! He has razor blades! Does this guy look like someone who got a birthday cake?’

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Tory MP accuses BBC of biased graphics against Boris Johnson

A Tory MP last night accused the BBC of making Boris Johnson “look like Hannibal Lecter” in an extraordinary row.

Adam Holloway, a supporter of the embattled prime minister, claimed Newsnight was biased over a graphic used to illustrate a story about his no-confidence vote.

Around 41 per cent of Tory MPs voted no confidence in the Prime Minister last night – a worse result than Theresa May in 2018.

But according to Mr Holloway, the problem was Newsnight’s graphics – and brought a printout of it to prove his point.

He told the program: “Politics’ reputation is being badly damaged and it should be damaging to organizations like the BBC as well.

“This program that I’m on now showed pictures of him that initially looked like Hannibal Lecter.”

Hannibal Lecter was the fictional serial killer and cannibal brought to life by Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs and other films.

When the presenter replied, “Oh, come on,” Mr. Holloway flashed his expression and called out, “Okay, I can show you here. Look at this! He has razor blades.

“I mean, does this guy look like someone who got a birthday cake or someone who got locked up at the Old Bailey for something?

Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter



“I mean, this thing is completely over the top and actually we should thank this man.”

The incident has echoes of a row between Jeremy Corbyn supporters and BBC Newsnight as they accused the program of photoshopping his hat.

The BBC dismissed complaints in 2018 that Newsnight altered a photo of the then Labor leader to make him look more Russian.

The background to the 2018 program



The show used a graphic of the Labor leader alongside images of Moscow as the background for an article on his response to the Salisbury poisoning.

Critics said his hat had been digitally altered and everything was designed to make him look like a “Soviet henchman”.

Leftist commentator Owen Jones told the programme: “The media framing has been a disgrace and I have to say that includes your own programme.”

At the time, the program insisted it had used the same background next to a picture of Secretary of Defense Gavin Williamson, and the only thing they changed on the hat was the color saturation.

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