Photo of Women Protesting the Observance of Father’s Day Is A Digital Fake

By Erica Abbott

An image purportedly showing two women protesting the observance of Father’s Day is a digitally-manipulated fake. The photo, which has ties to a bogus #EndFathersDay campaign, originally featured signs from an anti-abortion in 2013.

According to Snopes, the Photoshopped image has been circulating social media since March 2016. The signs from the actual photo were edited to read, “Fathers Don’t Deserve A Day” and “End Father’s Day”—making it seem like there was a real campaign to end the celebration of the annual holiday. However, neither the photo nor the #EndFathersDay campaign is genuine. The fake movement was created in 2014 by a 4chan troll but quickly became a trending topic. It was later revealed to be nothing more than a hoax.

The real photo was taken in 2013 at an anti-abortion protest on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion. The thousands of participants in the annual March for Life rally carried signs that read, “I Regret My Abortion” and “I Am Pro-Life Generation.” The caption from Getty Images states:

These women hold signs that tell people they regret their abortions near the Supreme Court in order to turn over the Supreme Court decision Roe Versus Wade on the 40th anniversary date of that decision. This protest occurs annually drawing large crowds even though the decision to grant a woman the right to choose to have an abortion was made long ago.

The genuine sign can be seen below:

No one was actually protesting the observance of Father’s Day and the #EndFathersDay “movement” itself was a viral hoax.

Here are some examples of people talking about the fake #EndFathersDay campaign on social media:

Social Media Discusses the Fake #EndFathersDay Campaign Following Photoshopped Image

#EndFathersDay Everyone deserves a day. You guys are all for equality right? #dadsmatter

— ZeldaLezer (@ZeldaLezer) June 22, 2017

#feminist think it’s so funny to say #EndFathersDay. Well let’s start a new Movement titled #EndMothersDay!!!

— Mason speaks (@mason_speaks) July 19, 2017

#endfathersday Even if this thing was a joke. How is this supposed to be funny..

— Scaurce (@Relentan) June 22, 2017

#EndFathersDay is stupid. Just because you had a shitty dad or hate men for a bullshit reason doesn’t mean we can’t appreciate the good dads

— ☆ katie ☆ (@chubgurl) June 19, 2017

There is no #EndFathersDay campaign by feminists. It’s an internet prank. Stop being gullible, folks.

— Joe Keene (@joekeene) June 19, 2017

Have you seen the fake photo of two women protesting the observance of Father’s Day circulating social media? What are your thoughts on the holiday? Sound off in the comments section below!

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