A fake satire article published in May of 2014 claims that a science study at Stanford University showed a link between eating grits and homosexuality.
This humorous satirical story comes from the Daily Currant. The article claims that researchers at Stanford University carried out a 30-year study on diet which included 15,000 volunteers, and results showed that males who regularly ate grits increased their chance of having a gay child by 70%. According to the fake column, grits contain a substance called “homotonin” which damages sperm in a way that is linked to the birth of homosexual children. It is claimed that the study was carried out by a scientist named Edmund Bergler and was published in a peer-reviewed journal called Nature Medicine.
Obviously, this article is a fake piece of satire.
Edmund Bergler and Homotonin
First off, a substance called “homotonin” does not exist. It was apparently made up by the writers of this story.
The article claims that Edmund Bergler was the lead researcher for the imaginary study. In reality, Edmund Bergler was an American psychoanalyst who dictated theories on homosexuality in the 1950s. Bergler wrote a book in 1956 called Homosexuality: Disease or Way of Life which espoused theories that homosexuality was a psychological disease which could be cured. He died in 1962.
Since that time, Bergler’s theories on homosexuality have been rejected, are viewed as dated, and are not widely accepted by the field of psychology. In 1973, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) removed the classification of homosexuality as a mental disorder from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM).
The Daily Currant
Although the Daily Currant published this story back in May, it continues to circulate through social media channels like Facebook and Twitter. It seems difficult to think that people actually believe that these satire stories are true, yet it is possible that some only view the headline before linking the story to friends.
At the bottom of every Daily Currant page, there is an ‘About’ link. Clicking on this link informs visitors that they are a satirical publication whose stories are completely fictional.
A Stanford study has not found a correlation between eating grits and homosexuality. This article is unmistakably a piece of satirical fiction created by the Daily Currant.