Was 24-year-old Amanda Bell from Minnesota kicket out of her family home by her mother for not washing her hear for six years? No, that's not true: the story was made up by a Canadian website specializing in making up tales of bizarre crimes, weird sex acts and sometimes crazy lawsuits, all for entertainment purposes. None of it is real.
The story originated from an article published by World News Daily Report on October 4, 2018 titled "Daughter kicked out of home after she refused to wash her hair for six years" (archived here) which opened:
A 24-year-old from Minnesota is suing her mother after she allegedly threw her out of the family home because she hadn't washed her hair in six years.
Amanda Bell, 24, who now refers to herself as Queen Lioness, converted to Rastafarianism when she was 18 after studying abroad in Jamaica and has not washed her hair since.
Bell claims her mother expelled her from the family home to prohibit her from practicing the exercise of her religion which is protected by the First Amendment.
Viewed on social media it looked like a regular news story:
A 24-year-old from Minnesota is suing her mother after she allegedly threw her out of the family home because she hadn't washed her hair in six years. Amanda Bell, 24, who now refers to herself as Queen Lioness, converted to Rastafarianism when she was 18 after studying abroad in Jamaica and has no
But the teen in the picture that illustrates the story is actually from a 2015 video about a Utah teen complaining about discrimination for wearing dreadlocks:
A Utah teen says her school is discriminating against her hairstyle because she is white. But the principal disagrees. CNN affiliate KSTU has more.
The website World News Daily Report is a well known satire website specialized in posting hoaxes and made up stories. The disclaimer on their website is pretty clear about that even though you have to scroll all the way down the page to find it:
World News Daily Report assumes all responsibility for the satirical nature of its articles and for the fictional nature of their content. All characters appearing in the articles in this website - even those based on real people - are entirely fictional and any resemblance between them and any person, living, dead or undead, is purely a miracle.
It is run by Janick Murray-Hall and Olivier Legault, who also run the satirical Journal de Mourréal, a satirical site spoofing the (real) Journal de Montéal. Very often their stories feature an image showing a random crazy mugshot found in a mugshot gallery on the internet or on a stock photo website superimposed over a background of flashing police lights or crime scene tape.
Articles from the site are frequently copied (sometimes even months or years later) by varous fake news websites that omit the satire disclaimer and present the information as real.
We wrote about worldnewsdailyreport.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:
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