Earlier this year I posted a link on Facebook that was an article about a woman who claimed to have gotten pregnant after watching a 3D pornographic film in a movie theater. It was obviously fake because…who watches pornos in a movie theater?
As is often the case when something “goes viral” this untrue article, originally written by a Brazilian satirical news site, traveled around the world along with an accompanying photo of a woman and her young child. It was picked up by countless mainstream news organizations who reported it as true.
As a result, that woman ended up being subjected to racist and hateful vitriol because someone stole her image without permission. I humbly apologize if my posting of this article further contributed to her troubles and I’ve deleted the original post.
I also tracked down the actual image of the woman that the article is referring to and have included it here for your reference. This will be my final comment on the matter.
Yep, I was one of the people who posted “here’s the snopes debunking of that”, but after 10 comments, it was below the fold, so people kept replying to it as if . Good on Mr. Jones (with whom, if indeed I do have a thing going on, it is only electronic in nature) for removing it. Satire is really hard to do when people actually believe the Onion is news…
I got people complaining about my snopes-ing them out for months, btw. Orlando’s posts have waaaaaay more legs than mine…