EndFathersDay Hashtag Hoax Trends, Twitter, You’ve Been Tricked

Over on Twitter, the hashtag #EndFathersDay is trending, with many people outraged that feminism has taken patriarchy frustration this far — but as far as we can see, it’s a hoax.

In fact, a quick scan reveals essentially all tweets using the #EndFathersDay hashtag are critical, having fully fallen for the Twitter trolling hook, line, and sinker — and are regarding the meme as genuine and indicative of “feminist” perspective.

It appears one and maybe two people have sincerely tweeted to #EndFathersDay after the term picked up steam, but the origins are unclear. Some have suggested 4Chan (a site where prank social media “trends” are often invented) is behind the hoax, but as of now it’s not easy to trace.

[Update: The screenshot below appears to suggest the hashtag is indeed a 4Chan hoax, and many users on Twitter allege the term was actually invented by men’s rights activists looking to drum up outrage.]

The term got a boost when rapper Talib Kweli addressed it as authentic, tweeting:

Other people decided to get angrier at nothing, attacking women for the joke hashtag:

Ugh, no really, even though this whole thing had nothing to do with feminism, everyone got on their woman-hating pants and began ranting:

There were really smart people everywhere, people who are totally clued into societal issues:

Like two people appeared to be serious, but two people do not speak for feminism It appears both of these “supporters” are fake accounts:

[Update: The second “genuine” EndFathersDay tweeter is a confirmed sock puppet, and the account is a clear fake.]

Other people seemed genuinely hurt by the faked trend:

And some people just seemed pleased to have a straw man:

One user suggested the EndFathersDay hoax came from 4Chan, explaining:

Sing it, Trudy!

In any event, it does not seem #EndFathersDay is a legitimately presented Twitter trend, and the actual genesis of the hashtag remains unclear — our suspicion? You’ve been trolled, as no evidence of widespread calls to End Father’s Day can be found on Twitter or elsewhere.

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