Satire Alert: Disneyland Did NOT Impose Lifetime Ban On Kid With Leukemia

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  • by: Maarten Schenk



Disneyland has been catching some flak recently over its refusal to lift the lifetime ban on "Micah Coughlin", an eight-year old kid with leukemia who supposedly behaved so bad during a previous visit that they won't let him in again, ever. The thing is, Micah doesn't exist and for that reason he isn't actually banned from the park (and he also doesn't have leukemia for the same reason).

The story originates from Clickhole, a well-known satirical website. But apparently enough people fell for it to make it trending.

Lead Stories' Trendolizer™ constantly scours social networks worldwide for trending satire. Scroll down to see the latest.

  Maarten Schenk

Lead Stories co-founder Maarten Schenk is our resident expert on fake news and hoax websites. He likes to go beyond just debunking trending fake news stories and is endlessly fascinated by the dazzling variety of psychological and technical tricks used by the people and networks who intentionally spread made-up things on the internet.  He can often be found at conferences and events about fake news, disinformation and fact checking when he is not in his office in Belgium monitoring and tracking the latest fake article to go viral.

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