Last week compassionate people around the globe were outraged over a story about a woman named “Beth” who not only refused to let her son attend a birthday party for a friend because the child’s two fathers are gay but who sent an incredibly homophobic reply to the invitation. Well, guess what? It was all a hoax perpetrated by the two deejays who “broke” the story last Wednesday.
K-98.3’s Steve Harper and his “Morning Show” co-host, Leeana (pictured) now reveal that they created the story to “to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic.”
The radio personalities posted the fabricated story (since deleted) on the radio station’s Facebook page and included photos of the birthday party invitation along with the response from “Beth” in which she scribbled a reply that her son “Tommy” would not attend the party because she didn’t want to subject her son the the same-sex couple’s “lifestyle.” The also posted a phone number for the woman, saying she had given them permission and invited anyone who disagreed with her antigay stance to give her a call to discuss.
Read their full apology/explanation below.
Dear K-98.3 Listeners,
On Wednesday, we told you the story of Sophia’s birthday party, and one parent’s objection to the same-sex household of Sophia’s parents. We also posted the invitation on our Facebook page, and invited comments from our followers.
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.
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.’ We deeply apologize for violating your trust, and we will work hard to regain that trust.
Steve & Leeana