This story has been updated.
UPDATE Aug. 2, 2018: The original event page was deleted but a new one, “Stone Mountain Covering,” has replaced it.
2ND UPDATE Aug. 3, 2018: That event has been taken down by Facebook, too.
The satirical City of Atlanta Facebook page has struck again.
The “City of Atlanta” Facebook page created the “Stone Mountain Implosion” event set for Sunday, Aug. 5. In the first clue that it’s a joke, the event lasts from 12 p.m. to 12:05 p.m. (Editor’s note: This event was deleted by Facebook.)
Another important clue is the event’s description.
“Join us as we implode America’s largest Confederate monument! Say goodbye to a symbol of white supremacy and celebrate with us as we watch Stone Mountain crumble to the ground,” the event page says. “Free of charge. Bring a chair.
*The MARTA bus will not be blocking view of implosion.”
Did commenters posting on the event page read any of this before posting angry comments? No, they did not.
One commenter implored, “Leave it up!! It’s history!! No one ever said history was full of color rainbows and smiles!!”
And on it went …
“Please tell me this is a hoax! Surely the liberals didn’t get their thumb-sucking whiny-ass way!! Give them a closet with a blankie, pillows, coloring books and candy …then just tell them to shut the f@ck up!!!
“This cannot be real? Someone snope this shit?”
One reader notified the proper authorities.
“I have reported this event to Facebook as terrorism,” they wrote. “That’s what it is. You can’t say you are going to blow up something at a public park on a day which some people are planning to attend.”
A few savvy readers realized they’d been had.
“Fake news,” one commenter said.
“I am calling BS! Liberal fake news,” said another internet sleuth.
There has been some real discussion about what to do with the monument that celebrates the icons of the Confederacy. Democratic Gubernatorial Candidate Stacey Abrams called for the monument’s removal.
To date there have been no definitive plans to remove it. There is, however, a petition that has almost 15,000 signatures suggesting adding carvings of Outkast next to the carvings of Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.
But if you aren’t interested in doing anything productive today, grab a cup of coffee and scroll through the discussion about Sunday’s “event.”
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