A transgender North Carolina University student spread a false claim all over social media that the University of North Carolina College Republicans threw insults at him in a Facebook discussion about House Bill 2, the state’s new law requiring transgenders to use the bathroom corresponding with the gender on their birth certificate.
The student posted on Reddit screenshots of the Facebook conversation, which later showed up on Imgur apparently showing the UNC Republicans calling the student a “freak of nature,” “sick and disgusting,” and a “mentally-ill man,” who made a “sick choice.”
The fake messages even threatened the student if he used the ladies room. “A tranny like you will find no pity with us.”
The UNC Republicans were quick to clarify and apologize for the hateful behavior of the person wrongfully appropriating their Facebook profile.
“We at UNC College Republicans are shocked and disgusted by this false and slanderous attack,” read their response. “We never condone the type of vicious and discriminatory language we have been accused of using … The screenshots featured in the article are patently false and fabricated. We have no record of any private messages being sent from our account to that user.”
Whether they felt inclined to or not, the likelihood that college Republicans would threaten a transsexual using their official Facebook profile is about the same as an LGBTQ employee of a Whole Foods in liberal Austin writing “FAG” on a homosexual’s cake.
A few people on Reddit are beginning to realize that hoaxers do not benefit their own cause:
“Unfortunately /u/tarheeltransgender [the trans NCU student] did a disservice to the transgender community, and the UNC community by creating this false claim,” said one user. “Independent investigations by UNC based news sources have found that no such messages were produced by the official UNC College Republican Facebook account.”
Nonetheless, the tactic is still somewhat effective:
Because of the transgender student’s first misleading social media posts, however, the reputation of the UNC Republicans has been tarnished as shown by many outraged responses on Reddit.
Eventually, however, people will come to assume that any squealing about oppression from a member of an officially favored group is fake. In the meantime, please welcome Mr. TarheelTransgender to the Hate Hoax List.
On a tip from T.C.S. III.