Boy Cries Wolf, Gets Caught Fabricating Gay Bashing Incident
Gay bashings are never okay, but neither is lying about it to save face (literally).
Joseph Baken, a 22-year-old Missoula, Montana resident, originally told police that he was beaten outside a local bar Saturday night by three men hurling fists and insults like “faggot” at him.
And because we take care of our own, we rallied around him on Wipe Out Homophobia’s Facebook Page after they posted the image.
So I’m sorry if I’m a little peeved at hearing the news that the dude made the whole thing up.
Yep, Baken lied about being beat up, and Missoula police now think a botched back flip caused Baken’s bruises (video below).
Oh. Dear. Baby. Jesus. After pleading guilty to fabricating the story, Baken got a $300 fine.
Really? I mean, when I saw the photos, I was as outraged as I normally am at anti-gay violence. It’s never acceptable. It’s always ugly. It’s always saddening.
But to find out that it was all a lie is disappointing for all of us in the LGBTQ community. We look a little foolish right now, all because people think it’s okay to lie about things like this.
The story transcends Baken, though. This is about the severity of hate crime and the reaction it gets from law enforcement, the media, and the local and LGBTQ communities. The worst/best part is that our reaction, and the reaction of the Missoula police, was the right reaction to have. We’re supposed to take these things seriously.
It’s just painfully disappointing to know that some of us don’t agree.
(Via Huffington Post)