Fake News: 500,000 Obese Children Did NOT Sign Petition For Jamie Oliver To Just F*ck Off

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: 500,000 Obese Children Did NOT Sign Petition For Jamie Oliver To Just F*ck Off

Did half a million fat kids sign a petition for Jamie Oliver to "fuck off"? No, that's not true: the news came from a satire website, there is no such petition and the story is not real.

News about the fake petition first appeared in an article published on May 17, 2018 by the Southend News Network that was titled "500,000 obese children sign petition for Jamie Oliver to just fuck off" (archived here) which opened:

500,000 obese children have signed a petition for the TV chef and obesity activist to just fuck off - preferably to a location without Internet access that is beyond the Earth's gravitational pull.

The campaign was started by 7-year-old Jack Harris from Rayleigh in Essex, and it has already skyrocketed to half a million signatures and an offer of transportation from Elon Musk.

The satirical piece was mocking the celebrity chef's recent proposal to ban 2-for-1 pizza deals in order to improve people's healt:

Jamie Oliver proposes ban on 2-for-1 pizza, and people aren't taking it well

Jamie Oliver has suggested that we get rid of "buy one get one free" deals on foods high in fat, sugar or salt.

The Southend News Network is a satirical site pretending to be a news organisation by the English coast in Southend. They have a disclaimer on their about page that reads (in part):

Southend News Network was originally started in October 2015 with no real aims or objectives in mind other than to add a satirical/spoof-like touch to issues that people are passionate about in Southend On Sea. Above all else, SNN is all about having the occasional 'dig' at the powers that be, as well a slightly bigger and more frequent 'dig' at certain elements of local media!

Several of their stories have been mistaken for real news in the past and the site was recognized by the local authorities as an "official news outlet".

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  Maarten Schenk

Maarten Schenk is the co-founder and COO/CTO of Lead Stories and an 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.

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