Claim: A mother-daughter lesbian couple named Vertasha and Mary seek acceptance of their taboo romance.
Example: [Collected via Facebook, September 2014]
why am I explaining myself. I love my daughter, she loves me. We have been in a committed relationship 2 1/2 years now and are you?— Vertasha Carter (@VertashaAndMary) September 15, 2014
Vertasha is apparently happy with the relationship as well.
"My mom is still my mom. She does normal mom stuff: buys me clothes, pays for food, tells me to make our bed. We just happen to enjoy sex with each other too."
Soon after the story gained traction, a Twitter feed purportedly shared by the couple appeared. While it's not out of the realm of possibility that a person or persons suddenly virally famous would create social media accounts in response to a spike in interest about their lives, some of the language used with account was reminiscent of a recent similar hoax suggesting that feminists of color sought to "end Father's Day." Before the spurious hashtag associated with that story was discovered to be a prank, the tale was widely accepted at face value.
Like the previous hoax, the "Vertasha and Mary" story appeared to be worded specifically to trigger negative reactions aimed at females, homosexual people, and people of color:
If Vertasha and I were a white mother-daughter same sex couple it would be encouraged. Once again, white privilege.— Vertasha Carter (@VertashaAndMary) September 15, 2014
Most tellingly, however, the image used on the "Mother and Daughter Come Out about Lesbian Relationship" article was inaccurately presented. Perhaps in an effort to circumvent reverse image searches the picture was flipped, but it was clearly stolen from a
Given the single, unsourced claims made in the "Vertasha and Mary" article, the stolen picture attached, and the fact that Stuppid.com is a well known fake news site, this story was one obviously cut from whole cloth.
Last updated: 1 February 2016