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Was The Walmart Pink Headband Gay Toddler Bashing Story A Hoax?

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Last week, a viral tale from a mommy blogger about a Walmart pink headband gay bullying incident (it’s a long story) went viral, and the interwebs were infuriated that the mom and her little boy were subject to the horrible treatment they allegedly received at a Florida branch of the store.

We learned that mom Katie Vyktoriah claimed she and son Dexter had been shopping and that the pink headband worn by the tot caused two young girls to question his gender.

As The Inquisitr posted earlier, the mom says Dexter’s pink headband then led to a bullying incident in which a stock redneck character slapped her child and said he’d one day be shot because of the headband.

Originally, we quoted the viral HuffPo post:

“Out of nowhere a big booming voice rang out. ‘THAT’S a BOY?!’ The man was overly large with a bushy beard and a camouflage shirt with the arms cut off. He had tattered shorts and lace-up work boots with no laces. I could smell the fug of cigarette smoke surrounding him, and there was a definite pong of beer on him … the man stepped forward, grabbed the headband off of Dexter’s head and threw it to the bottom of our shopping cart. He then cuffed Dexter around the side of his head (not hard, but that is not the point) and said with a big laugh, ‘You’ll thank me later, little man!’ ”

Katie Vyktoriah says that she was livid after she saw her son scream, and said:

“If you touch my son again, I will cut your damn hands off.”

She adds:

” ‘The guy snarled at me, looked at Dexter with disgust and said, ‘Your son is a f*cking fa***t.’ He then started sauntering out, but not before he threw over his shoulder, ‘He’ll get shot for it one day.’ ”

Now the dramatic Walmart pink headband story has some doubters, perhaps given the caricature presented of a typical down south hillbilly and the lack of corroborating evidence — witnesses, actions, photos.

A Charleston City Paper writer muses:

“Actually, Vyktoriah could file a report with the police, they could ask Walmart for surveillance footage of both the incident and the parking lot where the man presumably parked his car, and ultimately, the man could be arrested for, you know, assaulting a two-year-old… If we don’t see footage of this incident sometime soon or get a statement from Walmart, then there’s a chance this story is not what it appears to be.”

But Get Off My Internets dug deeper, suggesting Katie Vyktoriah has a history of… embellishing stories as well as a long alphabet soup of possible mental issues. The site writes:

“Now removed from her site claims included having survived 3 failed kidnapping attempts and 1 successful one; claiming to be a stewardess for an airline and quitting just weeks before the flight crashed twice in three months; that she was “meant to be in NYC on 9/11, but I cancelled last minute”; that she missed catching a train that later crashed… Other claims include suffering from Celiac disease, diabetes, lactose intolerance, BPD, manic depression, ADHD, and apparently her breasts are so spectacular they cause bar fights.”

GOMI says that when Katie Vyktoria was pressed on the veracity of the Walmart pink headband toddler assault tale, she claimed her milk was “drying up” and took leave of the internet.

Do you think the viral Walmart story of Dexter and the pink headband bully is a bit suspect?

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19 Responses to “Was The Walmart Pink Headband Gay Toddler Bashing Story A Hoax?”

  1. Ann Burlingham

    Gosh, you know what a journalist could do? They could investigate. Like calling the Wal-Mart involved, or something.

    Or you could go your route, and just ask readers' opinions. Like that determines what the facts are.


  2. William Cassada

    Indeed. However, given this woman's history, even us readers can begin to smell a rat. So to speak.

  3. Melissa Prado

    Jennifer Timpe I know, right?? Pisses me off because she took advantage of & used an often-targeted population that already deals with enough legitimate bullying to make up a story for attention, sympathy, and fame. As far as I'm concerned, that is almost just as bad as the bullies who actually do threaten and terrorize LGBTQ individuals. ~ shake my head ~

  4. Melissa Prado

    Matt Canning They are lucky then. Some people commit suicide because of all the bullying & torment. I personally have friends & loved ones who have had suicidal thoughts in the past because of how they were treated solely because of their gender identity or sexual orientation (or even just their PERCEIVED sexual orientation). And look at Russia, yeesh. :( (Also, with all due respect, just because folks haven't complained to you doesn't mean they haven't had stuff happen to them. Just something to keep in mind. :) )

  5. Bean Waxler

    Why? She didn't report it to Walmart, or even inform the manager or staff.
    She is the only person on Earth who can be asked about the situation, except for the dozens of witnesses, none of which have come forth.
    Funny thing, that.

  6. Paul Birnbaum

    I noted, but paid little more attention to, the original tale as it went viral.

    What made the original story an actual story to me was not so much whether this particular incident happened, but whether it was conceivable that an incident like it *could* happen.

    So, it matters little whether Ms. Vyktoriah had embellished or not.

  7. Brendan George

    Because when you believe the world is full of stock characters with their fugs and pongs, incidents involving stock characters that fit so perfectly well with the stock personalities is so plausible.

    No, it matters a lot that you think such a story is plausible, and says more about you than anything.

  8. Neil Terry

    Paul Birnbaum : If the story is not true, I think that spreading falsehoods using bigoted stereotypes in order to make people feel under assault and surrounded by hatred, does, in fact, matter a lot. However, I have noticed that there is no shortage of psychopaths, often viewing themselves as activists and "consciousness raisers", who have no such concerns.
    I mean, we ALL know that big bearded guys from Florida are all homophobes, right? Especially if they smoke or drink or wear camo shirts or cutoffs! It's just so easy to believe! Was it Larry the Cable Guy?

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