A property developer has drawn criticism for seemingly “airbrushing” a mosque and the Islamic Cultural Society out of promotional material for its new-build high-end apartments in Hornsey, North London.
The firm, Fairview News Homes, apparently edited out the mosque’s dome and minaret, and added a string of trees to cover the rest of the building.
The new-build flats will cost upwards of £395,000 ($500,000), and the developer said it uses computer-generated images “to create a visual representation” of how the development will look upon completion.
Local Muslims and worshippers blasted the property developer, accusing it of Islamophobia and describing the move as “unacceptable.”
“They are pretending it doesn’t exist. It’s unacceptable,” Shakil Ahmad, a local butcher, told The Sun on Tuesday.
However, a mosque spokesperson rubbished claims of Islamophobia, explaining that Fairview News Homes had also airbrushed and edited other nearby buildings to make their properties look more desirable, suggesting locals are simply overreacting.
“They have photoshopped all buildings in close proximity, including the mosque. When we first saw the photo, we were concerned the mosque had been hidden but quickly realised it was a marketing tool.”
Netizens reacted on social media, with one user calling for the development to be boycotted, while others insisted the story is not newsworthy.
Don’t buy this shit of a development— Special One (@hariri73688505) December 3, 2018
For god sake who cares!..More important things going ion in the world!..Stop being picky over a picture the worlds gone mad!😳— Samantha (@sambillypipjak) December 3, 2018
https://t.co/prlJ2PS6qJ Removing that building increases your chances of selling the flats. It's as easy as that.— mousseman (@mousseman) December 4, 2018
"Property developer accused of Islamophobia after airbrushing mosque out of marketing photos for luxury flats" Seems like common sense to me https://t.co/bgDSDFR2k4— #MarcherClaus (@MarcherLord1) December 4, 2018
I wonder why lol💥💥💥💥💥— gambling man (@gamblingman8) December 4, 2018
And what about Christanphobia why did your prime minister deny Asia Bibi asylum. That is very much a phobia and if this continues your country will suffer God's wrath for not standing up for a Christian.— Javier Huante (@FlipGiggityFlop) December 3, 2018