UPDATED: Anyone still doubting the legitimacy of the photo of the now famous Vancouver riot kissing couple needs to take a look at a new video posted online Thursday.
The footage, uploaded to YouTube, leaves little question that Scott Jones was in fact comforting his girlfriend, Alex Jones, after she was knocked to the ground by an officer's riot shield, as the couple had claimed. (The video also shows just how chaotic the riots were.)
The photo of the couple, taken by a Getty photographer documenting the riot that began after the hometown Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup, quickly became an Internet sensation and fueled speculation that the embrace was staged – something the couple and their families have disputed.
Take a look for yourself (via The Daily What):
ORIGINAL POST Friday, June 17: A Canadian newspaper has named the kissing couple caught on camera by a photographer documenting Wednesday’s Vancouver riots, and detailed how the iconic embrace unfolded.
The Globe and Mail reports that the pair in question is an Australian, Scott Jones, and a Canadian, Alex Thomas, who have been dating for several months. Jones is said to be a 29-year-old aspiring stand-up comic and, according to the way his mother tells it, may just be the best boyfriend ever.
The photo of the couple, taken during the riot that began after the hometown Canucks lost game seven of the Stanley Cup, quickly became an Internet sensation and fueled speculation that the embrace was staged.
According to Jones’s mother, that wasn’t the case.
She tells the paper that the couple was at the game and got caught between police and rioters as they were leaving. Thomas was knocked to the ground by an officer’s riot shield, and Jones leapt to the ground after her to comfort her with a kiss.
“I just thought, yep, that would be Scott because he’s a bit of a dreamer and he wouldn’t have even known there was a riot going on around him, quite possibly,” Jones’s mother, Megan, said.
The story lines up with the photographer’s take on what happened. He said that he initially snapped the photo thinking it was of someone hurt. “I looked back and thought someone was injured and I shot that,” Rich Lam told msnbc.com. “I framed it up, juxtaposed with the policemen.”
It wasn’t until his editors were sorting through his digital images that anyone realized just how amazing of a shot it was.