Issue 152 - April, 2013 (2nd Edition) - Page 11
Satire - Message Claims Parents Put Daughter Up For Adoption Because She is Gay
A message circulating via social media claims that a Southern Carolina couple have put their sixteen year old daughter up for adoption after finding out that she was gay.
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The claims in the message are untrue. The message is derived from a satirical - and completely fictional - news story published on the Tyson Bowers III blog. All stories published on the blog are satire and have no factual basis whatsoever. The image of the supposed parents of the girl in the message is just a stock photo that has been published elsewhere in several different contexts.
This message, which is currently circulating via Facebook and other social media sites, claims that a couple in southern Carolina have put their sixteen year old daughter up for adoption after learning that she was gay. The message, which includes an image supposedly depicting the gay girl's distraught parents, links to a longer blog post about the case. The blog post goes on to say that the parents made the "tough choice" to give up their daughter because they did not know how to handle someone who has decided to live a lifestyle that they cannot agree with.
However, the claims in the message are untrue and the story is purely a work of fiction. The story was first published
on a satirical blog that features outrageous - and entirely fictional - posts that the author intends as satirical social commentary on topical events and attitudes. The blog
is associated with famously irreverent satire outfit, Christwire. The blogger, who writes under the name Tyson Bowers III, does not specifically state on the site that the stories are intended as satire. Thus, despite the outlandish, and quite obviously false, claims made in the stories, at least a few of his readers apparently believe them to be true.
An NYMag.com article about Christwire notes
"We're not trying to promote hate, we want to show how fake the world really is," he said. "We write to see how far we can get people to believe our nonsense. People believe anything they read on the Internet." Do readers get the joke? Just like with the media, not always. Butyidas, who usually pens columns under the name Tyson Bowers III, said some of the people who leave vituperative comments don't get the irony.
The picture of the "sad parents" that is featured in the story is simply a stock photo that has been used in a variety of contexts on many different websites. And, for the record, there are no "national news" articles about such a case, despite the claim in the message.
Last updated: April 8, 2013
First published: April 8, 2013
By Brett M. Christensen
Pages in this issue:
- Burundanga Business Card Drug Warning
- William's Story - Stranded Friend Begging Message Scam
- Misleading and Inaccurate Diatribe - 'Toning Down' Anzac Day 2015
- 'Rarest Meteor Shower' - April 22, 2013
- NatWest 'Inadequate Security Enrollment' Phishing Scam
- Hoax - Indian Woman Gives Birth to Eleven Babies at Once
- False Claim - Muslims can Avoid Paying Bedroom Tax by Designating One Bedroom as a Prayer Room
- Optional Facebook Trial Allows Users to Pay to Send Messages to Non-Friend Inboxes
- False Claim - Anzac Day Badges Banned at Mt. Warren Park Shopping Centre
- The Bogus Tale of The British Flag Lapel Pin and the Rude Muslim Woman in the Checkout Queue
- Satire - Message Claims Parents Put Daughter Up For Adoption Because She is Gay
- Vladimir Putin's Supposed Speech to the Duma on Minorities and Sharia Law
- 'Warning Code: 11XXTT8765' Email Phishing Scam
- 'Your PayPal Account Was Deleted' Phishing Scam
- Facebook 'Name and Shame Baby Beater' Message
- 'Like' and 'Share' Harvesting Hoax - Boy Beaten for Liking One Direction
- Robin Williams 'Perfect Plan' For Peace Speech
- Bogus Facebook Message Claims Fake RSPCA Workers Trying to Steal Dogs in Coxhoe