Social media has been set ablaze over the past few months about hate crime after hate crime against homosexual individuals. The latest of which is as follows:
1. Apparently there were two gay dads hosting a birthday party for their daughter, and another mother responded by saying:Tommy will NOT attend. I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your “lifestyle.” I’m sorry Sophia has to group up this way.
Man, were people upset at that one.
I’m sorry, but I cannot tip because I do not agree with your lifestyle and how you live your life.
3. And then right here in Colorado, we had two lesbians that had this scrawled on their garage:
Kill the Gay
4. And then there was this Montana gay man who was beaten up for being gay. His story and the photos below caused such outrage they were spread all over LGBT social media pages and used to raise money for support.
5. And then at Vassar College, the incident where students scrawled, “Hey Tranny. Know your place” on a transsexual student’s dorm room door.
6. And then there was the Independence, MO man who was attacked. Apparently his attackers cut his stomach open and attempted to carve the word, “f*g,” into his forehead.
7. And the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill gay student who was brandished on the arm with a hot iron while being called gay slurs.
8. And the Tennessee gay store owner who was robbed of $1500, the word f*g written on his head, and his store doused in gasoline in an attempt to burn it down.
9. And the 17 year old high school lesbian whose car was vandalized with the words, “Die F*g” while at school.
10. And then the lesbian college student in Connecticut who repeatedly received horrible anti-gay notes under her dorm room door. Her story caused so much outrage that the entire campus starting having protests and gay rights rallies in response.
11. And possibly worst of all, we have the story of gay college student Edward Drago in New Jersey.
In February, the words die fggot were drawn on a message board near Drago’s dorm room. Two weeks later, another note addressed to Drago appeared, saying, “I will find you.” And after a homemade bomb was found on campus, a letter outside the gay union’s office warned Drago that the bomb “was for starters.”
The college responded in various ways. Faculty took out a full-page ad in the campus newspaper condemning hate crimes, and lectures on race relations were scheduled. Extra security was assigned to Drago’s dormitory.
Man…talk about homophobic hatred! These right-wing, conservative, christian, traditional-marriage advocating nutcases are out of their minds! They’ve got to be some of the most hateful people on the planet!
Only, there are a few tiny problems with the above stories. Let’s examine them one at a time:
1. Let’s start back with the gay dads who received that hateful note in response to their daughter’s birthday invitation.
“This story was, in fact, totally fictitious, and created by the two of us. This was done without the knowledge of K-98.3 management or ownership,” they wrote. “We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a ‘life of its own,'” they concluded. “We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.”
Pushing the narrative. Gays are hated!
2. And back to Ms. Dayna Morales, the lesbian waitress who was stiffed because she is a lesbian. Ms. Morales’ story caused such outrage that it made national headlines and went viral online. Only one problem. The couple who gave the supposed tip came forward with their credit card statement, showing that they did indeed tip. Ouch. Not only that, but it was discovered that Ms. Morales lied about her active duty military service. And even furthermore, Ms. Morales promised that all of the donations she received would be donated to the Wounded Warriors Project. Except they came forth with a statement that even after the fact that she was found out and fired for slander of an innocent couple, she still has yet to donate the $2000+ she received.
But I mean come on, this story was clearly made up right from the beginning. I mean, for the couple to have written that horrible response refusing to tip because she was a lesbian, how would the waitress have had to act? Did she go up to them and say, Hi, I’m Dayna, I’m a lesbian, and I’ll be your server this evening! 🙂 When you came back with their refill, did you just happen to throw in there your affinity for sexual attraction to other women?
Come on people.
3. And now to the “Kill the Gay” vandalism in Colorado.
Douglas County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Cocha Hedyen told KDVR:
Through the investigation and from witness statements, it was determined that allegations of the incident were false. Detectives were able to determine that the two women involved were responsible for the words that were spray painted on the garage and the placement of the noose on their own front door.
Another one bites the dust.
4. And then there’s the horrible young man who was nearly beaten to death for being gay:
A young man who told police he was beaten up in a would-be hate crime appeared in court today admitting that he made the entire incident up. The story of Joseph Baken travelled from Missoula, Montana across the country when a picture of his scratched and bruised face made waves on the internet.
Police say that Baken initially claimed three men beat him early Sunday after he went into a Missoula bar, announced it was his birthday and asked if anyone knew where he could find a gay bar. Photos of Baken’s badly bruised face were posted on an anti-homophobia Facebook page and other sites, and the case prompted widespread support from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community.
The site alleged that the fictitious assailants used anti-gay curses targeted at Baken’s homosexuality. ‘Nobody deserves this, especially no just because of your sexuality,’ the organizers wrote on the Wipe Out Homophobia page.
Shortly after the case began to rise to national attention, police received an anonymous video of Baken attempting to do a backflip off of a street curb and subsequently hitting his face on the sidewalk. As a result, he was charged with filing a false police report, to which he plead guilty on Wednesday. Now, Baken has declared in court that he made the false police report after video surfaced of him attempting to do a back flip and failing.
Wow. So this genius actually did a backflip off a street curb and then repeatedly punched himself in the face. All in attempt to continue the narrative that there are so many gay-haters out there. Not only that, he was stupid enough to do it all in front of a camera.
5. And now to the transsexual student at Vassar College:
Reports of bias incidents at Vassar College that involved hateful messages left on students’ doors were actually elaborate hoaxes — and the perpetrator is none other than the student member of the Bias Incident Response Team, The Daily Caller has learned.
This fall semester at the liberal arts college in New York saw a curiously high number of bias incident reports. On Nov. 14, the college sent a mass email to students advising them that Bias Incident Response Team (BIRT) had received at least six reports in the last few months of hateful and insensitive messages being scrawled and spray painted on student residences.
So, let me get this straight. This school actually has something called a Bias Incident Response Team, whose sole purpose is to investigate and fight against hate-crime instances. And the student responsible for all of these hate crimes, was a member of the B.I.R.T.
6. And the gay man who had the word “f*g” violently carved into his forehead:
Police said a 22-year-old man was charged with filing a false report about a hate crime.
Floyd Elliott, of Independence, told police that on Dec. 14, two subjects attacked him in the parking lot of his apartment complex. He said the attackers cut him in the stomach, branded him with a hot knife, and attempted to carve the word “Fag” on his forehead.
Investigators were suspicious about the report because the head carving was backwards, as if done while looking into a mirror.
“Investigators were suspicious…because the head carving WAS BACKWARDS, as if done while looking into a mirror.” He actually carved his own forehead. And was stupid enough to carve it the right way. Forget what I said earlier, this idiot takes the cake for stupidity.
7. And the UNC Chapel Hill student brandished with a hot iron for being gay:
Freshman Quinn Matney told police he was outside his South Campus dorm April 4 when he stopped to speak with an acquaintance. As he stood on a foot bridge near his Craige Residence Hall, he had said another college-age man nearby approached him, called him an anti-gay slur, and pressed a hot piece of metal to his left wrist.
The university planned to report the incident as a hate crime to the federal government. The assault was apparently motivated by Matney’s sexual orientation, Thorp said in a statement Monday. “As a university community, we condemn this act of violence,” Thorp wrote. “Our Department of Public Safety will bring the strongest possible charges against the attacker.”
In a message just released to the campus community, Chancellor Holden Thorp says: “The Department of Public Safety has determined that the alleged aggravated assault reported to campus last night did not occur. That report, filed with campus police on April 5, was false. The University will not report it as a hate crime.”
As is protocol with any potential hate crime, the FBI was called in to investigate. But police don’t seem to believe Williams’ story. Paris police Sgt. Ricky Watson said that on three separate occasions Williams failed to offer up key pieces of information known to police, according to the Post-Intelligencer.
He was arrested for filing a false police report and released on $5,000 bond. Williams is scheduled to appear in court early next month. If Williams did indeed file a false police report, this marks a long list of hate crime hoaxes over the past year. Some media outlets, including CNN, have dubbed 2013 “The Year of the Hoax.”
9. And the high school lesbian who had “Die F*g” written on her car:
In a series of incidents stretching back to November, the student claimed she was the target of hateful language, with anti-gay epithets scrawled on her car and on her school locker, and a typewritten letter sent to her home. She said she was pelted with eggs outside her home by an unknown assailant.
On April 12, five teachers at the school—some of whom are gay—received threatening voice mail messages from an anonymous caller, and “fIg class” was found on the classroom door of a lesbian teacher. Adminstrators also found “die fIg” written on the wall of Keyser Hall and received a typed message that used anti-gay language. The 17-year-old girl, a top athlete who leads the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, told authorities she was the perpetrator of the incidents, which included scrawling “die fag” on her car and at school.
“The individual’s own statements substantiated the evidence previously gathered as to the source of the vandalism and annoying phone calls,” Mill Valley Police Capt. James Wickham said in a press release. The girl has been suspended and could face expulsion for filing false charges, said Bob Ferguson, district school superintendent, adding officials want her to receive counseling. “She confessed to everything,” Ferguson said. “She did admit to police that it was basically for attention.”
Ahh…she did it for attention. The leader of the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance, helping to perpetuate the narrative.
10. And the lesbian student who received threatening letters that caused campus outrage and protest:
A lesbian student has been kicked out of college and arrested after it emerged she was behind a string of anti-gay messages slipped under her dorm room door, police said.
After the notes were found in Alexandra Pennell’s room at Central Connecticut State University in March, hundreds came out in support of the student at a campus rally against hate crimes.
But when police hid a camera along the hallway outside her room, they allegedly caught her leaving the notes herself – and she admitted she had written them to get the attention of her roommate. She now faces charges of fabricating evidence, lying to police and making false statements. She has also been barred from attending any state university for five years
11. And poor Edward Drago who was actually threatened with death and bomb threats:
An openly gay student at the College of New Jersey who told a campus gathering last spring that he received death threats and hate mail has confessed to fabricating the messages, college officials said yesterday. Edward Drago, 25, of Toms River, N.J., told campus police that he sent the hate mail to himself last winter as well as a recent flurry of e-mails to the campus gay union, of which he is treasurer. After the confession Monday, Drago was arrested, charged with filing a false police report and harassment.
You can find literally hundreds more stories like the ones above here at fakehatecrimes.org.
My point in this post is not to trivialize the severity of situations when actual hate crimes do occur. There are real injustices that are committed around the world on a daily basis. But come on people. So much of the gay rights movement seems to focus on saying and doing anything that will help push along a specific narrative; to garner an emotional response out of people. The people above who actually did these fake crimes and blamed other people for it should be charged themselves and sued for slander and defamation. I feel horrible for the couple that was targeted by Dayna Morales for “not tipping because she’s a lesbian.” All of these stories went viral online, until the truth was found out. And media outlets that simply post things they know may or may not be true, have a responsibility to either not write the article in the first place, write that the incident is alleged, and write retraction stories after the truth does come out.
Matt Walsh had a great take on media integrity as well:
Look at Jezebel’s post on the bigoted birthday snub: Gay Dads Receive Mean, Homophobic RSVP to Their Kid’s Birthday Party. The writer rants about this “mean” woman, and reports the perceived ”facts” of the case. Then, in the second to last paragraph, she says this: “Of course, this note could be a fake just to get us all frothing and get this radio station’s name in the news. It kind of seems fake.”
She thinks it “seems fake” YET SHE SPREAD THE STORY ANYWAY.
Hey, Lindy West, if you think the story is fake, howza ’bout tossing an “allegedly” into that title? Or maybe you should, I dunno, just not intentionally reiterate an anecdote you suspect to be false.
It’s called “integrity.” Look into it sometime.
As the Jezebel writer said, in a stunning admission: “But, fake or not, “Beth”‘s homophobic mindset is real and common and gross. So froth away.”
Translation: “I know this didn’t happen, but I’m sure things like it HAVE happened, so go ahead and get all riled up about a fairy tale. I’m not interested in reality, only emotion. Use this to feed your anger at the people who disagree with our position on this topic.”
Every time the media and ourselves share these false stories when they may not be true, and especially without writing follow-ups, we just do more damage. We are spreading hate, literally. We are continuing to try and create a rift and divide between people. “We are proclaiming to the world that certain groups of people are that hateful, and in return, they deserve to be hated back, because I got all emotional hearing about your heart-wrenching story, and you deserve to be praised, and they deserve to be punished!” But these are convenient lies.
“So what if they’re not true? They’re getting our point across! It’s a lie for the greater good!”
To quote Matt Walsh again,
So it’s a lie they’ll keep telling. Like all of the other lies they tell.
It’s not that they hate the truth — it’s just that they can’t find a place for it in the story.