People around the world are being fooled by a satirical article claiming Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau kissed a fellow male politician to support LGBT people after the Orlando shootings.
The fake story has so far received over 20,000 likes, shares and comments on Facebook, and is spreading in French-speaking countries. This Tunisian man suggested his head of government should do the same.
Kaar Kaas Sonn is a Chadian singer and author based in France. He shared it with his nearly 45,000 fans on Facebook.
The fake photo was also tweeted by the mayor of a borough in Paris. "When the prime minister of Canada kisses the leader of the opposition to symbolize universal sexual freedom after Orlando," he wrote.
For the record, the Leader of the Opposition is now Rona Ambrose of the Conservatives. Not that Girard cares about the details. When people told him he’d been fooled (“Vous vous êtes fait avoir comme des bleus”) he responded playfully, saying he “got a good a Québécois hazing.”
The Trudeau-Mulcair kiss hoax is actually an update of one the site did last year. That version had the premier of Quebec kissing an opposition politician in a show of solidarity with gay people:
This also isn't the only hoax about Trudeau kissing another politician. A fake news site called Hot Global News recently published a story claiming that Trudeau and Obama "accidentally" kissed during their brotastic state visit in Washington.
That story, published at the end of May, has less than 100 Facebook likes, shares and comments. Maybe it was missing this:
Craig Silverman is a media editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Toronto.