Is Washington Post about the Homophobic dog a hoax?


Millions of people are looking all over the internet to uncover the Washington Post about a homophobic dog. It’s ironic in itself that a platform like the Washington Post would publish an article titled ”This is the new face of online homophobia.”

It’s necessary to uncover the truth as everyone seems to know the truth behind this incident. Hence we’ll be shedding light on this ironic yet hilarious incident that made a fool of many.  

There’s no truth in the claim that such news was published by the Washington Post, beware of scammers. Although it was a ruse, it garnered the attention of many; receiving 450,000 likes and 40,000 retweets in just two days after being posted. The post was published on May 15 with a screenshot. This number is increasing per day at a tremendous rate. 

What’s the truth behind homophobic dogs? 

The screenshot posted by the Twitter user @mailprivilege was of the Internet culture of the renowned magazine, written by a publicly reputed technology journalist Taylor Lorenz. The widespread tweets of the article aroused suspicion as well as sparked critics’ interest. Cristina Pushaw; Florida governor Ron DeSantis’ press secretary ironically said, “more cutting edge journalism” to this particular post. 

If one searches on Google specifically for Washington results on the topic “This dog is the face of online homophobia” yields “no results found”. Whereas if one searches ‘Taylor Lorenz’, it yields up to 20 results but none of them are related to this dog. 

Did Taylor Lorenz write the article about homophobic dogs?

Did Taylor Lorenz write the article about homophobic dogs?

Nope, she didn’t. People are just spreading this post for false attention and duping people. Later, it was revealed that the post of @mailprivilege was just a ‘satire or edit’ and it was all a misunderstanding. 

After the chaos, the user verified through a message that he was the original creator of this edit and he didn’t mean any harm to any community. Furthermore, he made it clear that it was just a ‘satire’. In his edit, he used a photograph of a famous dog named Whitney Chewston. 

Who is Whitney Chewston?

Whitney Chewston is a diva dachshund in the story’s photo. Recently, it had become a center of attention among meme makers for satirizing common homophobic opinions. The dog owners are a gay couple who pets this dog, just like the statement of the fake news, as per LGBTQ Nation. 

After this article, the dog has become a celebrity as well as an influencer. Its Instagram account @Whitney_Chewston has 205k followers. Whitney resides in the United States and her Instagram account was made in April 2017. Whitney has its merchandise available ‘w.chew’ website. Apart from that, it had appeared in various interviews in numerous publications.

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How did Washington Post respond to the ‘homophobic dog’ article?

A spokesperson from the American magazine told a source through an email that they never posted the article. The time and date of Taylor Lorenz’s article are correct but the headline is false. Taylor’s article was “Followers are a valuable currency… we own them”. But the alleged screenshot had a fabricated title. 

Lorenz also took notice of the comic going on the internet. Jokingly, she said on the post that she would write an article on this topic if she manages to land 500,000 followers on Twitter. Although, she didn’t achieve that perk rather another person wrote an article on the same topic. 

Alex Bollinger wrote the headline ” this dog is the new face of homophobia” identical to the one in the screenshot. 

Is Whitney Chewston a homophobic dog?

Whitney Chewston isn’t a homophobic dog, and it’s not a gay dog as well. As it comes from a homo family residing in Phoenix, Arizona. People symbolize it in their memes to propagate viewpoints like ‘fond of gays’ or ‘love is love.’ Last June, the dog thanked the LQBTQ community with a post on its Instagram for their arduous efforts for homosexuals. 

The Instagram post of the rumored  homophobic dog with its two owners in matching sweet shirts read;

“This Pride season, I am snuggling up with my dads in @teddyfresh. Normally my dads don’t appear on my feed as it’s essentially all about me, but it is their month after all. So, here they’re.???? #sponsored

For your knowledge, my dads met nearly 10 years ago in college in Columbus, Ohio, United States as students. A few years later I came along. Since that, we moved to Arizona from Ohio, and recently, my dads got married. Their marriage would not have been possible without decades of organizing, marching, protesting, and advocating for equal rights for the LGBTQI+ community. This Pride Month we respect those who made our family of three evident. #HappyPrideMonth”

Whitney and Lil Nas X’s collaboration

Lil Nas X is also a fan of this homophobic day. On June 19, 2022, he asked his fans to send him pictures of the homophobic dog. Later, Lil Nas X did a fake collaboration titled ‘Homophobic dog x Lil Nas X’. The fake collaboration could give one a chance to meet the dog if they pre-order Lil Nas X’s upcoming album. 

Lil Nas X did a favor by reiterating the incident in the Washington Post by mentioning the dog. Until it has been the talk of the town and cute memes of that dog are being shared. 

Who’re the owners of the homophobic dog?

Ben Ben Campbell and Logan Hickman are the owners of the Whitney dachshund. Both were not popular on social media but their dog has always had the limelight but recently it has multi-folded. Some use her to show their narrow claims regarding homosexuals whereas some communities are trying to use it to propagate their opinions and upheaval the voice of gay people. 

Those two also certified in an interview that their dog isn’t homophobic. Likewise, they also said that they’re the voice of their Instagram page and had always made it sassy and gayish. Hence, they couldn’t understand the concept of Whitney being a homophobic dog. 


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