Satirical website Empire News' fake story on Malia Obama's pregnancy has managed to fool quite a number of people, who are still speculating online whether the American President's daughter is going to be a teenage mother.
Although the fabricated story is more than two weeks old, it once again gained traction over the weekend when The Washington Post released an article on the Internet rumours of the week.
The Obamas haven't reacted to the hoax story, but Malia has a strong defender in Jenna Bush Hager, daughter of former President George Bush.
"I'm fiercely protective of them [Sasha and Malia], obviously," Bush Hager told "Watch What Happens Live" recently. "I don't think that it's easy. It's not a job that they wanted. … I had a hard time [growing up in the White House], but it's also a privilege."
Malia's alleged pregnancy news hit the web on 28 November claiming that the teen is already in her second trimester. To provide authenticity to the report, a fake quote from mother and First Lady, Michelle Obama, added that teen pregnancy runs in the family.
"On her father's side of course. My mother-in-law had Barack when she was 18, so I see where Malia gets it from. I'm just so excited to decorate the nursery. The White House hasn't seen a baby since oh, 1884 or so," the manufactured quote read.
Although the bogus story did not identify the father of the baby, it quoted the 16-year-old as saying he was white.
"My mom always hoped I would get with a nice mixed-race man like dad, but love is so colorblind. Mom was probably right though. The dad already left me for some tramp. And of course, like all white men, my baby-daddy won't want to pay his child support. I already told him, 'You want to keep your license so you can drive that bleach-blond tramp around in your little Jaguar, right? Better step up.'"
The Empire News story was proved to be fake shortly after it went online, but naïve netizens continue to be duped by the story. Here are a few reactions:
— Filo D'Giorno (@Filodlopez) December 14, 2014
So according to the internet both Kylie Jenner and Malia Obama (both under 18yo) are pregnant. — Athena (@AthenaNYY) December 14, 2014
So is malia Obama pregnant or what
— Samuel... (@Squat4Me) December 14, 2014