Someone I know posted this story to Facebook and I ignored it, because I’ve been trying to avoid clickbait lately. Now that all of the usual suspects have uncritically run with the story, though, it’s worth examining in a bit more depth. Here’s a synopsis of the latest viral silliness.
Earlier this week, a heartbreaking video went viral of a young man being subjected to an “intervention” from his family who disapproved of him being gay, which ended in them calling him a “disgrace” and a “damn queer” assaulting him and ultimately disowning him–because they don’t want anyone thinking they condone his “lifestyle.”
Since then, the boy has been revealed to be 20 year-old college student Daniel Ashley Pierce, and his boyfriend–who originally posted the video on Reddit–created a GoFundMe page with a goal of $2000 to help Daniel with living expenses during this time. So far, he has raised over $58,000, with over 2,000 people donating to the cause.
Click the link if you want to see the video. After you watch it, here are a few thoughts to ponder:
1. This picture was posted to Facebook on March 29.
Does the guy on the right (that would be Daniel Ashley Pierce) look like he hasn’t been out of the closet for a while?
2. Why was the incident taped? Unless Daniel Ashley Pierce was expecting this intervention to blow up, why catch the thing on camera?
3. Related: Does this story sound at all familiar? Even if what transpired in the video actually happened as presented, did the two men know that this would be a crowd-funding opportunity?
This sounds a lot like a business decision. Perhaps Mr. Pierce is a remarkably composed man, but remember that this incident allegedly happened three days ago. It seems very early to be jockeying for public figure status.
Social Justice Warriors are gullible. Stories like this seem to go viral every week, and by the time that they’re proven fake the donations have come in and a lot of well-meaning ninnies look like fools. Like I said, this story may be completely legit, but if I was a gambler I’d put good money down that we’re not seeing at least 50% of what actually happened.
As a famous statesman once said, “Fool me once, shame on you…Fool me twice…Won’t get fooled again.”
(h/t Donald Douglas)
Update: Daniel Ashley Pierce’s Gofundme page has raised over $93,000 as of 8:45 Pacific Time. The guy is crying all the way to the bank.
Update II: Linked at American Thinker. This is a far more complex story than Pierce’s supporters and financial backers want it to be, so read Chad Greene’s post. Family drama is rarely as simple as what we see in a viral video.