On 21 August 2017, RochdaleHerald.co.uk published an item claiming R&B singer Mariah Carey recorded a cover of a Dead Kennedys song in support of Antifa:
Born again Christian pop singer and self styled “voice of the MTV generation” Mariah Carey, has sent shock waves through tin pan alley with the announcement that she has recorded a cover of the Dead Kennedy’s “Nazi Punks Fuck Off” to be released as a single and with the proceeds to be donated to US anti Fascist action group ANTIFA.
The shock release is slated to be available as MP3 and Flac downloads as well as CD single and a strictly limited edition vinyl double single in red vinyl featuring bonus covers of “California Über Alles” and “Too Drunk to Fuck”.
“Quotes” appearing in the story attributed to a spokesman hinted that the claim was intended to be read as satire:
“Mariah may be best known for producing some of the most dismally bland commercial music of the past two decades and for dating obscenely rich men but she feels this is the time to make a break with the past and embark on a new stage in her career,” he explained. The spokesman confirmed that plans are far advanced for Carey to do a nationwide tour of small club venues with a four piece backing band. “We can’t confirm the line up yet but East Bay Ray has said he’s up for it, and (Ex Hüsker Dü guitarist) Bob Mould is interested,” he added.
News of the shock release has been taken by many to confirm long standing rumours that Carey had been secretly dating former Kennedy’s front man Eric Boucher, better known under his stage name Jello Biafra.
The Rochdale Herald’s “About” page clarified that the site’s entire purpose was indeed meant to poke fun at current events:
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Prior to the claim about Mariah Carey and Antifa, The Rochdale Herald “reported” that Buzz Aldrin (one of the first two men to walk on the moon) described not punching President Donald Trump as his “greatest achievement”.