Eds. Note : The image used in the tweet by Donald Trump Jr. has since been removed by Twitter following a copyright complaint by photographer David Kittos.

This week, Donald Trump Jr. compared refugees to "poisonous" skittles.

David Kittos, the photographer behind the featured bowl of skittles, spoke out against the image and pointed out that he is a refugee himself. He told the BBC that Trump Jr. used the image without granting permission prior to use.

"In 1974, when I was six years old, I was a refugee from the Turkish occupation of Cyprus, so I would never approve the use of this image against refugees,” Kittos said, according to BBC .

The "poisoned candy" metaphor has been going around for years, often used to suggest that bad people hide among the good. Trump Jr. is bringing up a harmful, racist and faulty metaphor  for a situation that requires precisely the opposite.

Wrigley, a division of Mars and the company behind Skittles, issued a statement following the tweet.

"Skittles are candy; refugees are people. It's an inappropriate analogy," the statement read.

People have been speaking out against the hate on Twitter.

Because humanity should be about helping each other

It's sad that this needs to be explained in 2016

Syrian refugees are just trying to find their way

This is the cost of the refugee crisis

Because color and flavor don't mean anything when lives are at stake

Many are just mocking the whole analogy altogether

And blaming the whole thing on plagiarism...