To The Straight Guy At The Party Last Night.
For those not clicking through, it recounts a supposed adventure in which a homosexual male "apologizes" to a homophobic straight guy who flips out after discovering that the fellow he is having a cool discussion with is gay, then gets upset when people laugh at his freak out, culminating in homophobe getting his nose broken by Gay Guy's husband after he attempts to recruit him to "teach this homo a lesson."
I found the story amusing. I am surprised at how many commentors and people I've seen commenting assume it is true.
Maybe it's just me and the fact that I have seen too many things that feel the same making the rounds online over the years. I mean, it could be true. There's nothing in it that is obviously false. But it feels to me like a work of satire. It simply works out too neatly and feels too contrived to have the feel of a real event. For one thing, my experience with racist violence (which, while anecdotal, is first hand) suggests to me that no one walks up to random strangers and tries to recruit them to "teach uppity X" a lesson. Usually, there is a sounding out period and a "work up" period where racists work themselves up to attack, unless it is a planned ambush. But in that case, it is not done by trying to recruit random muscular guy. This feels like, if you will excuse me, a rather obvious punchline. But truth is stranger than fiction and for all I know it really happened.
All that said, my question is: does it diminish the value of the piece if it is a work of fiction rather than a factual event?