You might have seen the picture on the Internet. Depending on your political leanings, you might have even shared it.
As the story goes, a sorority girl at the University of Alabama, in some sort of political fit, scribbled a barely literate screed on the back of a pizza box. Amid the debris of a college dorm room, the young woman grits her teeth and scrunches her face as she holds up her homemade sign. A freshly used Sharpie is still between her fingers.
The pizza box says, “A VILLAGE SOMEWHERE IN KENIA IS MISSING THERE IDIOT!! NOBAMA 2012.”
For many, the meme was too delicious not to believe and share. It has gone viral on Tumblr, Twitter and Facebook. It even made the FAIL blog. And everywhere it goes, a legion of trolls follows, bloviating about that illiterate trailer trash from Alabama and all the nasty, unrepeatable things that should happen to her.
But there’s one problem – nothing about the story is true.
Actually, that’s not quite accurate, either. She did scribble the sign on the back of a pizza box.
Here is what actually happened.
Her name is Kim Stafford. And far from being from Alabama, she grew up in Boston.
She’s not in a sorority. The liberal arts university she attends in western Massachusetts doesn’t even have a Greek system. (For this interview she asked not to disclose which college she attends because of the threats she’s received since the photograph went viral).
And come November she intends to vote for President Barack Obama.
Continue reading the rest of the story on AL.com