An image purporting to show an article published by The Atlantic, reporting that straight men are in a “unique position” to end the stigma around monkeypox is fabricated.
The screenshot circulating online features The Atlantic banner viewable on the upper-third of the image, with typography that matches authentic online articles published by the outlet. The purported headline reads: “My First Gay Orgy.” The alleged sub-headline reads: “Straight Men Are In A Unique Position To End The Stigma Surrounding Monkey Pox.”
An example can be seen (here).
The image is fabricated, however, and no such headline was published by the outlet, a spokesperson for The Atlantic confirmed to Reuters.
An account that describes itself as a meme profile appeared to take ownership for the post via Twitter (here).
A Twitter advanced search did not reveal the headline published via The Atlantic’s official Twitter account (archive.ph/wip/Wt9ym).
A Google advanced search did not reveal the purported article, and instead showed the screenshot shared via the meme site iFunny (archive.ph/wip/vPVBp).
False. The Atlantic did not publish an article reporting that straight men are in a “unique position” to end the stigma around monkeypox. The image is fabricated, and no such headline was published by the outlet.
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