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Awful! Kidnapped Lesbian Blogger Story Was A Hoax By A 40-Year-Old Married Man!

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This is deplorable.

Last week, we heard that Lesbian blogger Amina Araf, who writes the blog A Gay Girl in Damascus AND is a voice for anti-government opposition in Syria, was kidnapped in Damascus.

Now, we've learned that the A Gay Girl in Damascus blog is actually just a 40-year-old married man who lives in Edinburgh, and the entire kidnapping story was a hoax.

The awful man behind the blog, Tom MacMaster, is a grad student working on his master's at Edinburgh.

It gets worse, though! Apparently, Amina Arraf Tom pursued a "six-month online relationship with a woman in Canada" via email while in character. Sickening!

Here's what Tom wrote about the hoax in a final blog entry entitled "Apology to Readers":

"I never expected this level of attention. While the narrative voıce may have been fictional, the facts on this blog are true and not misleading as to the situation on the ground".

We cannot emphasize enough how disturbed we are by all of this. Yuck!

What do U think about this hoax? Deplorable? Forgivable?

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48 comments to “Awful! Kidnapped Lesbian Blogger Story Was A Hoax By A 40-Year-Old Married Man!”



  1. 1

    Bahahahahha.



  2. 2

    Sounds like someone is butt hurt for not doing research on a story and taking everything at face value.



  3. 3

    Personally, I don't find this story to be even HALF as "sickening" as that pic of Perez in his "Toddlers & Tiaras" drag.



  4. 4

    Internet. Ever hear of it?



  5. 5

    this makes me so angry. when i heard of this story i had such a feeling of dread. i felt sick to my stomach, because i kne, knowing the circumstances, the outcome would not be good. to know this was a hoax is infuriating. i can over the fact i worried for nothing. but the reality is this ind of thing happens all the time, and women are raped, beatened and murdered constantly. to lie about it for whatever reason is almost making light of that fact. even if he didnt lie about it and it never happened, why is he pretending to be a middle eastern lesbian blogger anyway? he isnt being progressive in the slightest, but rather, probably living out some creepy, sick fantasy, and his latest stunt was just offensive. he should be charged with something.



  6. 6

    Too bad that it got out of hand, but really, you can be anyone you want to be on the internet and 99% of the time, there is no accountability. There is no expectation of honesty on-line.



  7. 7

    LOL!!! This is so sad….but its funny too. Dont people look into who these people are before they start puting them up on a pedistal? You cant be mad at being naive.

  8. Dov says – reply to this


    8

    Ha! Good one.



  9. 9

    This is by no means deplorable. This story serves as a reminder that people should not buy in to the bullshit they read on the internet - that includes the crap on this site. You're just mad because you were sold this story, purely on the basis that it featured a gay person. You should ALWAYS check the facts first.



  10. 10

    Re: armchair

    Haha, thank you.



  11. 11

    I dont mind if the guy really likes to write and felt like writing a ficticious character and even add a lil bit of fun for himself, but lying to that woman for 6 months is really sad. I cannot imagine how that woman must be feeling.
    Truth is that this is the internet. There are people outside internet who lie and cheat to people all the time and by all media, tv, telephone being the most common, what makes you think it wont happen over the internet.



  12. 12

    So, when you thought it was a lesbian, they were "brave and amazing" for speaking out against the government and pushing for change. But, since it was actually a straight man, it's sick and deplorable?? You disgust us all Perez with your biased, hateful ways. Sound familiar? That's because you call everyone else what you are yourself. Typical hypocrite.

  13. buck says – reply to this


    13

    maybe this guy should be a democrat senator



  14. 14

    why are you so angry about this, when there's a picture of you posing as a 6 year old in creepy drag? that hoax is DEPLORABLE



  15. 15

    Oh come on, lets don't turn this into more drama than what it is. Yeah its a bad hoax, but im sure the guy didn't think it was going to turn into all that.
    I think we've got much worse monsters in the world. ( rolling my eyes )



  16. 16

    Re: Unbelievable! – That's true



  17. 17

    Lets dont make more out of it than what it is…its just a hoax…we got worse things to worry about



  18. 18

    Re: Unbelievable! – did you even read the story? what is deplorable is that he LIED about being kidnapped and had people worried sick, thinking that this "woman" could possible be hurt or worse, killed.



  19. 19

    I think it's HILARIOUS because you jumped all over the "let's feel sorry for the brave lesbian bandwagon," and now you've got egg all over your ugly face. You, Perez, are an asshole hypocrite, and this has reminded all of us why we can't stand you (one other reminder is your sick, little-girl dress-up … please get counseling, pedo). One minute you're singing the praises of the brave carpet muncher, and now it's deplorable because the writer is a heterosexual man? You're a loser, Perez.



  20. 20

    Re: La Garse – and yet you visit his site, have an account, and take the time to make comments……if you cant stand him, you have a funny way of showing it.



  21. 21

    Oh the out rage. An all you bad bad people who dont agree with PEErez well your just Deplorable un Homophobic.



  22. 22

    Grad Student — in other words, hiding from real life in the library. Hopefully, enough people he knows locally will deep six him daily so he will understand how people feel about this.



  23. 23

    I think you got epically punked and went on your usual tirade about equality for all before bothering to find out whether it was a hoax. I think he showed the world how easy it is to use the Net to manipulate a lazy media who will jump on any story they deem sensational. I think you got your @ss handed to you and you now are tying to spin the story so you don't look like a fool. I think it doesn't take a lot of talent to be a gossip blogger when all they do is steal info from other sites and reword it to suit their own campaigns. That's what I think douchebag. You got royally taken and I'm lmfao.



  24. 24

    So let me get this right. Its OK to post upskirt photos of minor girls and nude photos of men against their wants. But some guy pretending to be a lesbian is deplorable.
    Oh and Ive noticed your bullying has returned but I guess thats not Deplorable. Oh damn now Im being homophobic again



  25. 25

    Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Fatboy got served So undeplorable Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha



  26. 26

    Re: patcee – I can see where you'd be confused. But being a human being, and therefore an apparent walking contradiction, you should be able to figure out, from your own contradictions, that these things happen. Let me explain, and I'll type slowly so you can keep up: Perez puts himself out there as a public figure. That he's become a joke is beside the point; the fact remains that HE believes he's relevant. Public figures need — deserve — feedback, especially negative, and especially Perez, because he believes his own press. Now that the obvious been explained to you in very clear English, have a very nice day.



  27. 27

    Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha Fatboy got served So undeplorable Bwa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha



  28. 28

    Have you seen catfish?



  29. 29

    Re: armchair – HAHA omg i didnt even see that.. holy shit. thats disturbing.



  30. 30

    So I just want to know what he actually gains from all this. Notority? Was it an experiment of some sort? Really… what was the point?



  31. 31

    THE TRUTH IS THAT 99% OF THESE GAY BULLYING STORIES ARE BULLSCHITT, EXCEPT THAT THE TRUTH IS NEVER PUBLICIZED. THAT IS THE ONLY WAY THEY CAN GET SYMPATHY FOR THEIR PERVERTED LIFESTYLE. THIS JUST GOES TO SHOW THAT THE REAL HEROES ARE THE "HOMOPHONBES"



  32. 32

    Re: La Garse – wait, am i walking contradiction for being a human? are you some sort of alien or robot? or is there some issue in regards to me being one? you are right, i am confused, as 'clear english," or "redundancy" and "improper syntax" as i like to refer to it, often does confuse me. but i appreciate you typing your argument slowly, even though it had no effect on my reading pace whatsoever. nevertheless, i understand your point, and you are entitled to it, i guess i just think your "comments" could stand to be more productive. i guess if i were also stuck in space or in a japanese factory, i might pass the time posting comments on a gossip site i had no interest in, too. or wait, i forgot, who is the alien robot again? you or me? oh well. live long and prosper.



  33. 33

    deplorable, disturbed, AND sickening in one post? Fighting words, Perez, fighting words. You seemed more upset that he'd lie in an online relationship than that he lied about being a kidnapped woman, so really how are we expected to take your masterly worded deploration of this topic seriously? Do some research about what really happens to some women living in the middle east, and then decide what the truly deplorable situation is here. Here's a hint, it's NOT the masters student faking a blog.



  34. 34

    He has all of the ethics required to be a politician.

  35. ed69 says – reply to this


    35

    LMAO



  36. 36

    What people in Syria is fighting now is very real. They do not need this. What a fucking douchebag.



  37. 37

    Re: patcee – We are all guilty for visiting this website. Do any account holders over the age of 21 admit to visiting or even worse, posting on this site? It is my guilty secret that I will take to the grave unless I'm being monitored under the Freedom of Information Act. The media could also demand all of my emails if I ever want to run for public office, so I can rule out politician on my wish list.



  38. 38

    The kidnapping story is pretty bad, as it did cause many people to worry, but he did tell BBC News that he originally made the blog because he's a Middle East activist and his opinions weren't being taken seriously as an American. The blog, in my opinion, was innocent. Who cares if he was lying? The kidnapping story, however, went too far.



  39. 39

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – haha so true. and you know, im glad he posts more than celebrity news, because after all (my guilty pleasure secret if you can keep it,) this is one of my primary sources for news. its entertaining, well organized, easy to navigate, and hell, i like the colors. haha but seriously, people complain how how he should stick to gossip and celebrity things but real talk, if i can get serious news in with my "stories" then that is just lovely. nice to know there are others who share my dirty vice.



  40. 40

    Re: patcee – Your secret is safe with me. Also, your avatar is really groovy.

  41. ptay says – reply to this


    41

    Re: poodlewithamohawk – thanks. its by an artist named shag (real name josh agle)



  42. 42

    You people are such suckers. You don't think, you cannot reason and the more sensational a story is, the more willing you are to believe it without question. This is right up there with the kid in the balloon. Have to go, the aliens are here for my next abduction.



  43. 43

    What a TOOL! I did read that a woman said her identity was being stolen by "Amina Araf". She said the photos were indeed of herself and not Amina Araf, the lesbian blogger. I thought something was off but I never thought it was ALL made up! goes to show you can't trust anything online.

  44. @v@ says – reply to this


    44

    Purposely spinning more fictional political negativity into the world mix is a short sighted and ignorant (ignorant as in not fully understanding consequences) choice.



  45. 45

    Everybody is acting like their pissed that this girl isn't 'really being tourured this very moment. Well I'm actually relieved this girl, real or fake, is okay and Im glad this story is a hoax. Because a couple weeks ago I was scared for her life. Thank god it WAS A HOAX. *relief*



  46. 46

    You are a judgmental hypocrite. You have no right to declare whether this guy or anyone else is worthy of disgust yet someone, somewhere, seemed to have given you the idea that you are.
    And, really, "deplorable" again? Get a thesaurus.



  47. 47

    Has anyone actually read this story? He's an activist. No one took his views on Syria seriously because he's a middle aged American studying in the UK so he created a persona to communicate his opinions in a way that people could sympathise with and understand the hardships faced in Syria. The point of this is not that it's a hoax by some weirdo, it's an innovative way of publicising the awful things that happen so people know what happens and that there will be a call for change. Although Amina may not be real, her situation is for many people living in Syria. I wish people would think about this before they label him as "sickening". It deters people away from something that could help the "Aminas" of the world.



  48. 48

    Something bothers me about this whole situation: what if the Syrian authorities believed it as well? Who's to say they didn't haul in innocent women and 'persuade' them to confess? The Middle East is no joke and justice doesn't live there. I think he should have mentioned his character was fictional although the events were real. It's not the end of the world but, I can't help wondering if there was any fallout.