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Fake News: Feminist Picnic Did NOT Fall Apart After All Women Refused To Make The Sandwiches

  • by: Maarten Schenk
  • (Wed, 04 Jul 2018 22:59:50 Z)

Did a feminist picknick fall apart after none of the women wanted to make the sandwiches? No, that's not true: the story was originally published in 2016 by a satirical website and went viral again in 2018 after it was reposted by a fauxtire website. It did not happen for real.

The story reappeared in an article published by 8Shit on July 4, 2018 titled "Feminist Picnic Falls Apart After All Women Refused To Make The Sandwiches" (archived here) which opened:

The picnic was supposed to celebrate the capabilities of women in a safe, women-only environment, but things didn't quite go as planned.

With the sun hanging high in the sky it seemed to be perfect weather for a picnic. But the seven proud feminist friends were in for a big surprise when none of them brought any food at all.

'I brought a communal picnic hamper for us to all throw in the food we'd brought. I was expecting the usual picnic fare: sandwiches, crisps, a nice fruit salad, and so on - but no-one else brought a single thing. Not so much as a sausage. I was even more furious about my lot in life than usual. I ended up storming off and shame eating three Big Macs from the nearest McDonalds. I'm a vegetarian so it was particularly galling for me to have to do that,' said picnic organiser Rachel Queen.

Screenshot of https://www.8shit.net/feminist-picnic-falls-apart-after-all-women-refused-to-make-the-sandwiches/

But 8shit.net carries a disclaimer on its about page that reads:

8Shit is a satire and humor website.

It contains cutting edge satire on a diverse range of topics.

The website publishes fake news, shocking rumors and reports with incisive sarcasm, and humor.

We also post crazy real news which often sounds too good to be true.

And an additional disclaimer in the footer of every page:

8Shit is a satire news and humor website. All its content is fiction (except those posts under the "serious" category) and shouldn't be taken as real. All references, names and marks or institutions in this website are used as contextual elements, like in any novel or science-fiction story.

The story was originally posted on March 4, 2016 by The Daily Squat:

Feminist picnic falls apart after no-one makes any sandwiches

A feminist picnic turned into a complete disaster yesterday after none of the women brought any sandwiches. The picnic was supposed to celebrate the capabilities of women in a safe, women-only environment, but things didn't quite go as planned. With the sun hanging high in the sky it seemed to be perfect weather for a picnic.

That site has an about page that reads:

Daily Squat is a satirical news site founded in 2015.

None of the stories or quotes found within this site should be taken as anything more than an 'alternative fact'.

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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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