Is a college sophomore named Trent Griliphaen the latest college boy to pledge the removal of his testicles if President Donald Trump builds a wall on the Mexican border? No, that's not true, an old hoax story has been reposted by a network of Macedonian fake news websites but it is still not real.
The story reappeared in an article published by a site named Columbus News on October 12, 2018 titled "More College Boys Pledge To Remove Testicles If Trump Wall Is Built" (archived here) which opened:
Washington Sophomore Trent Griliphaen said he was inspired by the movement at The University of California, and that he "thinks that Trump's construction of the wall is just an extension of his penis, and an expression of Patriarchal rape culture. Really, by building the wall, we are raping the Mexican people, and I am no longer willing to be a perpetrator of rape culture. If I remove my penis, I am making a statement that I reject this mentality."
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Washington Sophomore Trent Griliphaen said he was inspired by the movement at The University of California, and that he "thinks that Trump's construction of the wall is just an extension of his pen...
However Lead Stories already debunked that story in early 2017:
Hoax Alert Leadstories' Trendolizer engine detected a fake story that has been trending since last weekend and which has reappeared on several fake and hoax news websites by now. According to the story 2 students at the University of California were going to publicly remove their penis if President Trump went ahead and build his famous USA-Mexico border wall.
At the time we noted that the original story carried following disclaimer:
*This is an entertainment piece - all information found in this article is fictitious, and no representation of any individual, living or dead is intentional.
The website that first published the story has long since gone down but an archived copy of the article can still be viewed here, including the disclaimer.
The Columbus News site is part of a larger network of sites that spam old hoaxes, plagiarized news stories and fake news on Facebook in order to make money from people clicking through to the sites. Some of the sites in this particular network include:
As you can see, the people behind the network (likely Macedonians) aren't very creative with their naming scheme.
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