COMMENTS FROM MICHELLE Obama about how ugly she thinks Irish people are have gathered some serious ire online.
She has been branded a “disgrace”, told she is an “ugly woman inside and out”, and “ugly trash”.
But there’s one problem – Michelle Obama didn’t actually say the Irish are ugly. Instead, the thousands of people commenting on the article were fooled by the satirical Waterford Whispers News website.
The founder of the site, Colm Williamson, told TheJournal.ie: “It’s not the first time [Americans] would have fallen for an article. This one really caught them.”
It was when it was shared on a Conservative Facebook page that the piece really kicked off, and so far more than 25,000 people have read the article.
The majority of the commenters are coming from around the Texas area, said Williamson. He added that he is “surprised at how unliked the Obamas are”, and he didn’t expect the level of hate he saw. “There’s a lot of hatred there for her,” he admitted. “I thought everyone would have liked Obama.”
Unfortunately, not many of the commenters actually disagreed with the satirical comments about Irish people being ugly.
There wasn’t many that said it wasn’t true, which was disheartening. I’m a redhead and there were a few ginger comments…
Waterford Whispers News was started in November 2009 and gets tens of thousands of readers every month, said Williamson, who runs it on his own. He is currently unemployed and is hoping the site will be developed into a business in the long term.