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Fake gay couple were never removed from McDonald’s, says company

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  1. Robert in S. Kensington 16 Sep 2013, 6:33pm

    A rather sick joke on us if you ask me. Two publicity seeking idiots and none too bright either.

    1. I think it’s a little harsh on two teenagers having a little fun.

      There appears to be no malice intended.

  2. Idiots.

  3. They were never seeking publicity, it all happening by accident. They’re not a “fake gay couple” Cameron just said it as a joke. Their accounts were not created just before, it appears that way because they have deleted their tweets due to the unwanted attention they were receiving.

    1. 2 idiots who deserve all the hassle they are currently getting.

    2. I saw them comment a tweet to RayWilliamJohnson earlier about their dine which has since been deleted, if that isn’t attention seeking, I don’t know what is!

    3. I don’t really think you can absolve people who post tweets from seeking publicity or attention – what else is Twitter for?

  4. Justusboyz 16 Sep 2013, 7:13pm

    Well McDonalds are sponsoring the Olympics so I was boycotting them anyway .

  5. They clearly had twitter posts a few days ago referencing hooking up with boys, now they’ve cleared out their twitter accounts. I’m unsure how to take this “joke” give the above…

  6. colonelkira 16 Sep 2013, 7:40pm

    The original story seems to have been conveniently deleted…….a little embarrassed are we PN?

  7. Young lads having a fairly harmless joke and no offence should be taken. Reported in other media including the Daily Star and Metro who didn’t go with the gay angle.

  8. This is on the Daily Mirror website, (and metro and Surrey Comet among others) and the Daily Telegraph one, though the last now has a fairly clear account.

    Looks like some dim and fluffy teenagers were messing about and joking etc and got caught out by the speed and virality of social media.

    Interesting that these guys joke around and pretend to be gay – but without any great panic when caught out. They’re young and maybe foolish but not homophobic it seems.

    Progress of sorts!

  9. Jimmy Sutherland 16 Sep 2013, 7:54pm

    Come on PinkNews, is this really a noteworthy thing to cover, never mind feature at the top of the front page?

  10. Just don’t jump into every bandwagon head first, Pink News!

  11. It doesn’t matter if they’re gay or straight at 15, they’re a class act and got one over on McDonald’s and the media.
    I wish them all the best for the future, whatever that may be.

    1. Not really if it was fake, right.

  12. Well done ot em both, quite a pair of ballsy bastards who deserve all teh best for poking a few jones here and there – they are only kids – let them live for feck sake — still has me smiling — Audacious almost :-) Shows up Md D’s for the over priced place it is – maybe at those prices it shoudl be fine dining :-) Good on ya guys

  13. Knowing the poisonous stuff that MacDonald’s put in their food they probably left (i.e. departed this earth) of ‘natural’ causes anyway.

  14. Dangerous behaviour which trivialises the actual social difficulties gay people face in social and public settings. Shame on them.

    1. Mihangel apYrs 17 Sep 2013, 7:01am

      I would suggest rather it highlights and publicises it.

      Consider it the equivalent of a journalist going under cover to report back on prejudice etc.

  15. Shows it is not just us gay folk who have attention seeking prissy ‘queens’ lol, at least gay folk have some style about them, MacDonalds?…..grief. Perish the thought

  16. Oh ffs James J. They are kids, having a laugh. They were grown up enough to apologise for the offence it caused to some of us who are perpetually offended!!

  17. Kids. Bit silly. ‘Nuff said.

  18. They are young men having a laugh, why even bring sexuality into it?

    1. Considering the whole aspect of their ‘joke’ consisted of the concept of two men having a romantic meal I do have to wonder what the basis of the ‘joke’ really was considering it relied entirely on them ‘bringing sexuality into it’

      If the joke was to poke fun of how ironic it would be to have a romantic meal in a McDonald’s or their lack of candles – fair enough. if it was a joke based on 2 men going on a date – questionable at best

    2. Because Cameron tweeted: “Cheers to my beautiful boyfriend on our special night. Love you Adam.”

      1. but it was pink news who turned the sexuality angle into something less light-hearted by implying gay prejudice on the part of mcdonalds. then when they realised they got the wrong end of stick they effectively stitched the boys up by making out that their own mistake was “fakery” on the part of the boys – classic media tactic. nothing wrong with cameron tweeting that otherwise – as someone says below he was just embracing his campness and no doubt the amusing symbolism of the table-setting. what is wrong is PN and ben cohen not having the balls to ‘fess up

  19. Pink News screwed up by mistakenly taking a gay ‘angle’, and now appear to be trying to cover their arse by blaming the teenagers.

    The pair never claimed to be a couple, but instead went to McDonald’s for a ‘posh’ meal, not a romantic one. It was a harmless prank, a bit of fun.

    If anyone should be apologising, it’s Pink News!

    1. Cameron tweeted: “Cheers to my beautiful boyfriend on our special night. Love you Adam.”

      Who did you say brought in the gay angle?

      1. Pink News if you read his comment.

        1. So that tweet has no relevance to this story? It in no way suggests the boys were a couple?

          1. Oh, I wasn’t addressing that point, you simply asked “Who did you say brought in the gay angle”, and I was simply referencing the fact that Jake said Pink News.

          2. There should be an emoticon for sarcasm!

      2. The tweet was intended as a joke.

        Pink News should have reached out to the pair, and McDonald’s, and asked for a comment, rather than publish an article based on a handful of tweets alone. “That” is journalism.

        1. Fair point, though if you make “jokes” like that on Twitter it’s surely not wholly unexpected that people might get the wrong impression.

          1. my guess is that it all would have been a lot clearer on twitter had PN not stuck its oar in. its interesting that a lot of the flack the boys subsequently got on twitter came from members of LGBT organisations of one sort or another. to be generous you might say that these organisations see so much terrible prejudice they almost expect it and that’s what happened here. personally i’m more inclined to think they just have vested interests in making big oppressed mountains out of funny little molehills. one LGBT journalist made such a stupid deal out of it (warning him against the coming tabloid storm; on the basis that his joke could have led to employee dismissal under the equality act – wtaf?!) that she ended up sounding both silly and freaky. one minute she was threatening doom and personal destruction; the next asking for juicy details for some poxy article she’s got planned – ’cause of course there’s not much else on LGBT injustice around the planet to write about.

  20. Derek Williams 17 Sep 2013, 2:02am

    SO which is the actual joke, that they were gay, or that they are straight?

    We know they lied but which statement is untrue?

    1. the joke is that they had knives and forks and a tablecloth and candles in mcdonalds – or least it was until PN got hold of it

  21. I don’t understand why some are attacking the young boys. Even if it was a joke, McDonalds should not have kicked them out unless they were disturbing the peace.

  22. Not funny.

  23. All in good fun – until they accused someone at McDonalds of telling them to leave when that was not true. That’s where the cheekiness crossed the line.

    I was a bit suspicious when I read the original story that a third person was there to take a picture.

    1. They claim in the metro an employee did request they leave, but other staff and the manager overruled. The kids said this also, it was pinknews who misrepresented their tweets.

  24. I think it’s a step forward that they didn’t mind people thinking they were gay. That would never have happened when I was their age.

    1. Yes, but they were quick enough in denying it when the story took off though, weren’t they?

      1. that’s because they could see it was getting out of hand due largely to pink news missing the real joke ie knives and forks in mcdonalds

        1. Well, on that note I must say eating burgers with knives and forks in itself is a pretty bad joke (as though eating at McDonald’s wasn’t bad enough)!

  25. They literally werent pretending to be gay, and they werent seeking attention anyway. You guys are all taking it way out of hand. Cameron posted that tweet because he is camp. All they wanted was a bit of fun, and calling them ‘idiots’ is disgraceful on your part when they ment no harm.

  26. They literally werent pretending to be gay, and they werent seeking attention anyway. You guys are all taking it way out of hand. Cameron posted that tweet because he is camp, he wasnt ptetending anything. All they wanted was a bit of fun, and calling them ‘idiots’ is disgraceful on your part when they ment no harm.

  27. They literally werent pretending to be gay, and they werent seeking attention anyway. You guys are all taking it way out of hand. Cameron posted that tweet because he is camp, he wasnt ptetending anything. All they wanted was a bit of fun, and calling them ‘idiots’ is disgraceful on your part when they ment no harm…

    1. totally agree dom. you sound like a friend of theirs (?) so pass on some non-hysterical regards

      1. I do. Im friends with both of them. They got thrown out for having metal cultery. They used electric candles as well. McDonalds lied btw, cause they were asked to leave and would have been thrown out without customer intervention.

  28. Michael 2912 17 Sep 2013, 9:40am

    I don’t tweet and don’t have a Facebook account. My dealings with social media don’t extend beyond posting to sites like this and I don’t know if that counts. I worry sometimes that I’m missing something and I probably am but whether that something has any appreciable value I’m not sure.

    What do you all think? Answers on a virtual postcard please in more than 140 characters.

  29. Pink news making gays look hysterical all over the world.

  30. Meanwhile in Russia gay people are being kidnapped and tortured. But hey, let’s reserve our moral outrage for two students in a McDonalds.

    If anybody on here has the time and effort to even get offended by this story then you must live a very boring life.

    1. totally on the nail.

  31. I’ve seen a lotof reporting on this site. Some good and some bad.But this is the ultimate in scandalmongering! Whether it happened or not I fail to see how any of this related to homophobia. There could a million and one reasons why Macdonalds would choose to allow or disallow someone doing what these guys did. NONE of it related to being gay or not. If you ask me it was PN looking for homophobia where it wasn’t. Sensationalism at its worst. By doing so it is making a mockery of those who are genuinely fighting against hate. The next time someone finds the courage to speak out it will be that little bit harder for them to be taken seriously. More ammunition for the haters in this world. SHAME ON YOU PINK NEWS!

  32. And which journalist at Pink News CHECKED the story before you published it?

  33. it’s interesting that a lot of the flack the boys subsequently got on twitter came from members of LGBT organisations of one sort or another. to be generous you might say that these organisations see so much terrible prejudice they almost expect it. personally i’m more inclined to think they just have vested interests in making big oppressed mountains out of funny little molehills. one LGBT journalist made such a stupid deal out of it (warning one of the boys against the coming tabloid storm; on the basis that his joke could have led to employee dismissal under the equality act – wtaf?!) that she ended up sounding both silly and freaky. one minute she was threatening doom and personal destruction; the next asking for juicy details for some poxy article she’s got planned – ’cause of course there’s not much else on LGBT injustice around the planet to write about. talk about the LGBT/media feeding its own frenzy.

  34. and of course a good deal of the vitriol came from sources (not limited to but especially pink news) who had earlier got caught out in rather public way, hence PN’s deletion of the original story and ben cohen’s rather revealing tweet – “kind of destroyed the story didn’t you there boys?!”

  35. I know these people. They didnt do this to have anything to do with being gay. The comment was just a joke. Neither are they attention seeking. They did this for a laugh. It just shows how media adapt simple stories to make it as though everything is about taking a dig at someone else.

  36. Christopher in Canada 18 Sep 2013, 2:41am

    It’s the thought that they presumed a gay couple would go in McDonald’s in the first place that confuses me…

  37. I’m sorry but that is pretty poor journalism from Pinknews. In the fuller Telegraph article it is clear the sexuality of the couple (fake or real) was incidental and the prank was more of a send-up based on class perception – and ideed this is what staff took exception to. Please don’t try and cram a homophobic angle into every news story. #theboywhocriedwolf

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/10312698/Teenagers-asked-to-leave-McDonalds-over-posh-banquet.html

  38. Good on them – and I’m disappointed in Pink News for having a pop at these two lads who pulled a really good prank, aren’t clearly aren’t homophobic. I think PN owe them an apology.

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