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