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Viral Photo Of Anti-Gay RSVP To Kids’ Birthday Party Confirmed As Fake

A viral photo of a hateful RSVP sent to two gay parents of a seven-year-old child turns out to have been a scam. The photo showed an invite for the birthday party of the little girl named Sophia, but included a hateful note that was perceived to be from a parent. “Tommy will NOT attend,” read the letter. “I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your lifestyle. I’m sorry Sophia has to grow up this way.”

However, the two people who posted the photo have admitted making the whole thing up. Steve Harper and Deanna (last name unknown) even admitted hand-crafting the hateful invitation themselves. The duo, who work as DJ’s at K-98.3, posted an apology on their Facebook page.

“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 were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic, but we made a mistake by misleading our listeners into thinking that this specific situation actually existed. We are very sorry that we perpetuated this falsehood, even after it was clear that it had taken on a ‘life of its own.’”

Last December, a lesbian waitress who posted a note of what she claimed was an anti-gay note left by a customer enraged people when it turned out the story was made up. New Jersey native Dayana Morales also faced possible fraud charges at one point after lying about donating the $2,000 she received from sympathetic supporters to the Wounded Warriors project, but those charges were dropped when she gave the money back to her various supporters.

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