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Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

Posted on: June 17, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: June 18, 2011 3:38 pm
 

By now I'm sure you've seen this photo. It's amazing to me that the lasting image from riots after Vancouver's Game 7 loss could actually be this. (If not that then definitely this.) The riots were disgusting, embarrassing for people in Vancouver and Canada and, as colleague A.J. Perez pointed out, took away from Boston's spotlight for being the victor.

The contrasts in the picture are amazing. It's the old saying "make love, not war" in an image instead of an idea.

People wondered what exactly was going on. Many on the Internet suggested that maybe even something foul was going on, more of a crime than a romance. Turns out, it might be as pure as it looks.

Megan Jones of Perth, Australia, told the Aussie website Ninemsn.com.au, that the man in the photo is 29-year-old Scott Jones. That would be her son, who has been in Vancouver the last six months.

“It is something he would do -- that’s our boy,” she said. “He has always lived in his own world. He’s special like that. He doesn’t always connect with what [is] going on around him. I knew it was him because he doesn’t have a lot of clothes with him and he always puts on the same thing.”

Looking at the photo almost brings to mind another old saying: Ignorance is bliss.

As for the woman in the picture with Jones, his sister identified her as Alex Thomas, a Canadian who Scott has been dating.

Jones’ father, Brett, said the couple had attended Game 7. After the Canucks lost, the two were caught up in the violence, like a lot of the crowd that attended.

“They were between the riot police and the rioters, and the riot police were actually charging forward, and Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground,” Brett Jones told CBC News. “[Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, ‘It’s going to be OK,’ and the photographer just took the shot at that moment.”

As for the photographer? He had no idea what exactly was going on when he took the picture.

“I didn’t really see what I really had until after I gave my memory cards [to an editor on site] and someone said ‘Oh, nice picture of the couple kissing,’” Getty Images freelance photog Rich Lam said.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, they’re making out.’ Here I thought she was hurt and kind of had a sympathetic guy ... but they’re making out.”

In general, people have been taken aback by such public displays of affection. Wild what a little contextual contrast will do.

-- Brian Stubits

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

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Since: May 30, 2007
Posted on: June 18, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

pulitzer prize photo ?



Since: May 9, 2010
Posted on: June 18, 2011 4:08 pm
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

A loser and a slut. The makings of a great story. Right.



Since: Mar 15, 2011
Posted on: June 18, 2011 11:41 am
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

Can you imagine what all riots would be like if making out was involved? Maybe we should all take this for what it is and apply it to all of our bad days and just go find someone and start making out.



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 8:49 am
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

oh yea, and to the gal in the pic, i say "NICE GAMS!!!!"



Since: Aug 5, 2009
Posted on: June 18, 2011 8:48 am
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

stubits...i think it's "If not THEN definitely this", not THAN.  and i'm not a professional writer, but did have high school english class.  is proper grammar too much to expect?

pic reminds me of the song that goes, "givin' the dog a bone...givin' the dog a bone..."




Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 3:04 am
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

 maybe you haven't seen the other pictures on yahoo regarding this...



Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: June 18, 2011 1:55 am
 

Some clarification on a kiss in riot time

DJHND-tend to agree.  The cop would have to agree with activity around him.




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