Pete Arnold finally admitted to CNN that BirthOrNot was a media stunt and he never intended to terminate his wife Alisha's pregnancy at the whim of an internet poll.
Arnold continues to insist it wasn't a "hoax," while at the same time admitting the whole thing was a made-up story to get attention, which is pretty much the definition of "hoax."[jump]
Like all Internet Trolls, Zeeboid wants to argue semantics:
"We chose our words very carefully," Arnold told CNN, insisting the site was not a hoax even though there were never any plans to accept the vote results if abortion won.
"A lot of people elect representatives based on this issue alone, yet nothing happens, nothing comes of it, nothing changes." he said, adding that the couple called the baby "Baby Wiggles" to give people more to think about.
"My intent is not to deceive people, but at the same point, I do want people to talk about this. This seemed like a pretty good way to further the discussion, because people don't ever seem to want to talk about it for real if there's no name on it, no Baby Wiggles," he said.
If this was a money-making proposition, it was an ill-conceived one. Alisha Arnold just lost her job because of her role in the abomination, and Google AdSense doesn't exactly pay the rent.
Arnold said that the site has brought the couple about $225 through Google ads but that he's spent $500 on it. On Friday, Arnold had said that the site had made about $40 and that he'd spent $215.Zeeboid claims that they're thinking about taking the poll down early because, "I think people are getting it."
We think it has a lot more to do with the way his life and income are crumbling around his Apple Valley home, which last we checked was being manned by a domestic abusing drunk driver.
That's family values, Zeeboid-style. Good luck and God speed, Baby Wiggles.
The Birthornot Files:
- Pete and Alisha Arnold want you to vote on their abortion
- Birthornot.com: Is it a hoax or not?
- Birthornot.com owners: It's not a hoax
- Birthornot.com owners won't talk on video
- Zeeboid license plate: The smoking gun in the Birthornot hoax
- Gawker falls for BirthOrNot abortion hoax by its own trollish commenter
BirthOrNot.com: Anatomy of an Internet Hoax
- John Kalal admits Pete Arnold is Zeeboid the Internet Troll
- John Kalal's mugshot: Meet the wholesome spokesman for BirthOrNot.com
Alisha Arnold loses job after BirthOrNot hoax