Radio Hosts Reveal That Anti-Gay RSVP Was All a Hoax
byKaitlin StanfordFeb 17, 2014
Last week, the Internet lit up with lots of heated chatter over a particularly homophobic party invite that was making the rounds. You remember the one: it invited guests to Sophia's 7th birthday, and promised an awesome afternoon of tie-dyeing T-shirts. It also happened to have an angry RSVP note scrawled across the front and back.
"Tommy will NOT attend," the note read. "I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my son to your 'lifestyle.' I'm so sorry Sophia has to grow up this way."
Sheesh. What did this lady have against a little tie-dying? And what does a 7-year-old's birthday have to do with her parents being gay? These questions and more swirled around our minds, and we weren't alone. The party invite—which first hit the Web after being posted to the Facebook page of New York radio station, K-98.3—immediately sparked outrage.
But then, after a week of public debate, a rather unexpected announcement came from the very radio hosts who first released the note: That invite? Yeah, that was all a hoax.
On Wednesday, we told you the story of Sophia's birthday party, and one parent's objection to the same-sex household of Sophia's parents. We also posted the invitation on our Facebook page, and invited comments from our followers.
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.
If you're still searching for a reason as to why the two hosts dreamed up the whole scenario, they claim it was to spark a "healthy discourse" on the topic of gay parenting. But if you ask us, that could probably have been achieved through some other means. (You know, ones that don't involve lying to the public.)