So it’s not real?
The young man even went as far as to post a photo of a passport with his name on it and pretend to be offended by the social media site.
Well it seems that we were all fooled as the Aussie admitted it was all a hoax!
The prankster — who now says his real name is Joe Carr (though that could possibly just be a play on “joker”) — confessed to the lie, calling it a joke between friends that ended as “a prank that made a fool out of the media.”
Carr’s full post gives some insight into his reasoning for the prank as he explained:
Do you remember the story; The boy who cried wolf?
Imagine that boy grew up into a mischievous man with 21st century technology at his finger tips.
I’ve never believed it’s necessary for it to be mandatory to have your entire name to be published on social media. People should be free to use any name they desire. Facebook needs to understand that it is utterly impossible to legitimise a place where there will always be pranksters and tricksters.
What started as a joke between friends, became a prank that made a fool out of the media and brought out the best in the people who reached out to me. It didn’t bring out the anger and darkness that we often see on the internet, but it brought a levity and humanity in a time we need it most.
Out of this ordeal I’ve concluded not to trust the credibility of the media, it’s twisted by the hungry journalists who mask the truth.
I just want those who are reading this to take a step back and reflect what the media have claimed about me.
“What was his parents thinking?”
It goes to show that an average joe like myself can con the the biggest news sources with ease.
I want to acknowledge the supportive individuals who have encouraged those with truly interesting and idiosyncratic names that populate in different cultures. Hate and discrimination will remain if we continue to be so closed minded.
To those who do have culturally specific and spectacular names, ignore the ignorance in those who may try to put you down. Continue being the best person you can be and make your mark on the world in whatever way you can – even if it is a simple prank.
Joe Carr aka PDB
So he made up a plausible lie and did nothing to stop it from spreading, and he thinks he’s performing a heroic act of civil disobedience?
Next time keep your jokes to yourself, “Joe”.
Facebook hasn’t responded to the story, but his account does appear to have been deleted.
[Image via Facebook.]