Fake News: DC Comics Fans Did NOT Create Petition To Make Aquaman Gay

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  • by: Maarten Schenk
Fake News: DC Comics Fans Did NOT Create Petition To Make Aquaman Gay

Did a "Colin Smith" create a Change.org petition asking DC Comics to make Aquaman gay? No, that's not true: the petition was invented by a satire website, there is no such campaign to be found at change.org, it is not real.

The story originated from an article published by 8Satire on December 24, 2018 titled "DC Comics Fans Create Petition To Make Aquaman Gay" (archived here) which opened:

A group of people have recently created a Change.org petition to make Aquaman gay. According to them, he has all the qualifications, plus it would be a great opportunity to represent the LGBT community within the DC comics universe.

"It would be amazing if the DC comics universe had LGBT representation in such an important movie as Aquaman", said Colin Smith, creator of the petition. He kept going: "I would consider the DC Comics universe very homophobic because there are rarely gay people in it. That make it unrealistic, because in real life we have gay people".

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DC Comics Fans Create Petition To Make Aquaman Gay

A group of people have recently created a Change.org petition to make Aquaman gay. According to them, he has all the qualifications, plus it would be a great opportunity to represent the LGBT community within the DC comics universe. "It would be amazing if the DC comics universe had LGBT representation in such an important [...]

We searched change.org for any petitions by "Colin Smith" and at the time of writing found just one from 2016, with just 12 supporters so far:

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  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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