News: Fake Craigslist ad goes viral

California teenagers pulls anti-gay Craigslist, June 15, 2012

A California teenager has claimed responsibility for a Craigslist ad which implied that a mother was attempting to bribe her son into being straight. The Culver City-based ad offered a Macbook Pro for $1,300 and explained that the one-year-old computer was being sold in order to fund the purchase of a newer model for the poster’s son.

The ad continued, “I don’t want to get a ton of messages from you guys saying that I am spoiling my son and turning him into an entitled monster. There is a back story that you aren’t even aware of. My son was committing homosexual acts and got caught in the act. We made a deal that if he chose to be straight, that we would buy him more nice things. So don’t message me saying that I am a bad parent for spoiling him. It’s quite the opposite, I am a good parent and I’m working with him to correct his problem.”

Many were outraged by the mother’s apparent attempt to influence her son’s sexual orientation. However, when confronted with evidence confirming his involvement a high school student listed only by the name Daryl took responsibility for the post.

“I write horrible posts on Craigslist all over the country to see what issues make people angriest for a project I’m putting together. I’m sorry anyone that was offended. … It started out when I got my first computer, my friends and I put an ad on Craigslist saying we were selling Justin Bieber tickets. We made fun of the people that would write us. That gave me an idea to start putting up other things on Craigslist to see what people have passion about and to get reactions out of them. I want to write something about issues that people are most passionate about. I want to be a writer one day. I’m sorry about this all. I just don’t want this to affect me going to a good school one day. I’m sorry.”

Daryl went on to say that he meant no harm to the LGBT community and was suffering panic attacks as a result of his prank.

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