The Internet has done a lot of good since it became a fixture in our lives, from allowing us Netflix binges to…some other things. But one of the worst aspects involves the plethora of websites that took a note from The Onion and decided that putting fake news out there would be a great idea. One of the latest false stories claimed the review site Yelp is suing South Park for $10 million over last week’s episode “You’re Not Yelping.” Though it was clearly fictional to anyone who bothered to read it, some outlets still treated the news as real. It’s not.
The bunk news site NBC.com.co put out the story, and while it was crafted pretty solidly for the most part, there were more than a few cues that it was the product of someone’s imagination. The biggest one, it must be said, was a giant quote from the “Christian mascot” Fappy The Anti-Masturbation Dolphin. Check out what Fappy had to say below.
You can see where some people would have a problem differentiating this from reality.
To be fair, most outlets and readers saw this story and laughed it off as a nice slice of mockery, but both San Francisco Business Times and Google News were fooled. Hell, even though the Business Times has deleted the article from their site, it still shows up on Google like a judgmental electronic finger pointing it out in a crowd.
Anyone paying attention to Yelp’s Twitter account over the past week would have known that the company not only wasn’t direly insulted by South Park comparing it to ISIS (among other negative connotations), but it was fine with it. This is what they put out there after the episode aired.
If we’re being totally honest here, there were a couple of NBC.com.co stories in the past few months with headlines that caused me to legitimately freak out before I realized where the infuriating headline came from. And I’m sure it’ll happen again in the future, because like South Park’s years and years of hilariously insulting storytelling, most things don’t change that much.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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