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Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson mired in migrants controversy

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Magic Johnson and Samuel L Jackson mired in migrants controversy

<p>Award-winning actor Samuel L Jackson and former basketball star Magic Johnson became the latest celebrities to be embroiled in a row over migrants.</p> <p>Right-wing website Breitbart apologised to German footballer Lukas Podolski after mistakingly <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/aug/21/lukas-podolski-legal-action-breitbart-migrant-gang">printing a photo of him</a> on a jet-ski with the caption: ‘Spanish Police Crack Gang Moving Migrants on Jet-Skis’.</p> <p>Then a photo of Jackson and Johnson emerged relaxing on a bench after a luxury shopping trip in Forte dei Marmi, Tuscany.</p> <p>It courted controversy when journalist Luca Bottura doctored the image, linking the celebrities to the large numbers of African migrants that have arrived in Italy.</p> <p>“Government funds at Forte dei Marmi … they go shopping at Prada with their daily allowance of 35 euros,” he wrote on social media. “Share this if you are indignant.” </p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="it" dir="ltr">Vergogna! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/risorse?src=hash">#risorse</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/boldrini?src=hash">#boldrini</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/salvini?src=hash">#salvini</a> <a href="https://t.co/eP3kvHanbr">pic.twitter.com/eP3kvHanbr</a></p>— Luca Bottura (@bravimabasta) <a href="https://twitter.com/bravimabasta/status/898615497293541376">August 18, 2017</a></blockquote><br /> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The post, which Bottura said was meant to be ironic, then went viral, with many, including model Nina Moric, registering their disgust.</p> <p>Moric later apologised in a <a href="https://www.facebook.com/nina2207sos/?ref=br_rs">post</a> on her Facebook page.</p>