The internet is buzzing right now about the supposed letter an unnamed grandfather wrote admonishing his daughter, Christine, for disowning her son, Chad, for coming out of the closet as gay. The grandpa sticking up for the homosexual grandson makes for a great story and has the denizens of FCKH8 celebrating — but it’s fake.
Sorry to burst your bubble — but it’s not real. How do I know that it’s a hoax? Let me list five reasons:
1. Digital Camera
We’re supposed to believe that a grandfather took a picture with a digital camera of the note he wrote … but wasn’t savvy enough to email this letter? While the usage of graph paper fits the “old people” stereotype, the hoaxer failed to think this process all the way through.
2. No Wrinkles
Another theory is that the gay grandson intercepted this letter after it had been delivered. But one big problem: there is not a wrinkle in sight. Oops.
3. Female Handwriting
It’s scientifically proven that females are much more likely to produce italicized handwriting than males. There are also additional feminine characteristics about the styling.
4. Awkward Wording
A grandfather isn’t going to call his own daughter a “b-word” or know the meme culture to include “I don’t have time for that!” or “fabulous” references and the other subtle hints that this was written by someone of a younger generation.
5. Money Motivation
Why would FCKH8 promote a hoax? Money, as they say, is the root of all evil. Look at the hard sell to the right of the note. That’s plenty of motivation to produce what I believe is an obvious forgery.