Why do you ask? Honest, it didn’t look this menacing in real life. But the camera sees something different than the human eye. Makes for interesting pictures.
The sort of person who would use the phrase hoi polloi is also the sort of person who ought to know not to put “the” in front of it. That is all.
Never answer a mysterious e-mail which begins: “Attention, Dear Trusting Friend.” You’re welcome.