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Fake News: Lil Tay NOT Rushed to Hospital, NOT Beat By Group of Children At Playground

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Mon, 23 Apr 2018 07:25:41 Z)

Was 9-year old rap sensation Lil Tay beaten up by a group of kids at a playground and did she need to be rushed to hospital to treat her injuries afterward? No, that's not true. The story was made up by a site that likes to invent fictional stories about various people under the guise of faux satire ("fauxtire"), the events did not happen.

The story came from an article published on April 23, 2018 on Huzlers titled "Lil Tay Rushed to Hospital After Being Beat By Group of Children At a Playground" (archived here) which opened:

LOS ANGELES - It is being reported that the internet famous 9 year old 'Lil Tay' has been admitted to the ER after she was allegedly beat savagely by a group of children while she played at a local playground.

According to a witness, Noah Parsons, who was walking by the park and recognized one of the girls playing at the park as being Lil Tay, he asked for a photograph. Other children also playing at the park asked why as they didn't know Lil Tay was famous. According to Noah, he then showed all the children a video of Lil Tay from her Instagram page when all of a sudden they began beating Lil Tay. "I guess they found her annoying" said Noah. The group of children and their respective parents then fled the playground. It is believed that there was about 5 children age ranged 7-12 involved in the assault.

Screenshot of http://www.huzlers.com/lil-tay-rushed-to-hospital-after-being-beat-by-group-of-children-at-a-playground/

The article might have been mistaken for real news by some who saw it only on social media:

Lil Tay Rushed to Hospital After Being Beat By Group of Children At a Playground

LOS ANGELES - It is being reported the internet famous 9 year old 'Lil Tay' has been admitted to the ER after she was allegedly beat savagely by a group of children while she played at a local playground. According to a witness, Noah Parsons, who was...

If you don't know who Lil Tay is, Metro recently profiled her:

Who is Lil Tay? The 9-year-old rapper that appeared at Coachella

Foul-mouthed rappers with a love of smoking dope and calling people a 'broke a** b****' don't come much smaller than nine-year-old Lil Tay. The tiny hip hop star and internet sensation uses her Snapchat to boast about 'trapping out in six star hotels' and claims to own five houses.

She is no stranger to fights either, as that article notes:

On April 16, 2018, Tay was filmed getting involved in (or at least witnessing) a fight between Bhad Barbie and Woah Vicky. Later she responded to the fight by attacking Bhad Barbie online, writing: 'How a girl gone talk bout Gucci flip flops when u only can afford tank tops/Btw you look like a rat with draw one eyebrows...(sic) 'Tf happens to ur eye brows/Ima smack yo mama when I see her.... Broke ass b****,you can't fight for s*** and you a b****... 'F*** Bhad Bhabie, she tryna act all cool with her bodyguard, but she can't do s***. She can't even punch right, cause she a p****.'

But Huzlers styles itself as a "fauxtire" website and carries a disclaimer at the bottom of each page:

Huzlers.com is the most infamous fauxtire & satire entertainment website in the world. If it's trending on social media you'll find it here!

According to Splinter News the site is run by Pablo Reyes and David Martinez and according to Buzzfeed Reyes is involved with several other fake news websites. They tend to shy away from political stories, opting instead to write for a more "urban" audience, with stories about rappers, criminals and celebrities.

We wrote about huzlers.com before, here are our most recent articles that mention the site:

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About the author:

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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