This Ryan Gosling Facebook Hoax Fooled Almost 1 Million People & We Completely Understand Why
There are lots of different ways to celebrate Father's Day. You can call your father. You can go and spend time with your father. Or you can make a fake Facebook page for Ryan Gosling. If that last one brought you up short, then you're not the person or persons responsible for the Ryan Gosling Facebook hoax that took in almost a million fans. And, if you were one of those fans, I'm deeply sorry to report that Ryan Gosling is not a father, no matter how adorable that would be. Even more adorable than the vintage video of Gosling getting acting advice from JC Chasez.
The unverified Facebook page put up a post on Saturday that included a low-quality picture of Ryan Gosling holding a baby, along with an incredible story. In fact, it was a story so incredible that people should have been suspicious right away. After all, the media can sniff out a pregnancy quicker than a dog can sniff out their food bowl and TMZ can gain access to security videos and sealed documents with a snap of their fingers. How could Ryan Gosling adopt a baby without any of us noticing? Who dropped the ball there?
"This father's day, I've decided to tell the story of how I became a father. This little guy was only 9 months old when I became his dad. His mom and I were great friends before she passed away from cancer. I promised her, I'd always look after him," read the post. "So, I had decided to step up and become his dad. He brought me so much joy. He was my everything. 1 year later after the adoption, his biological father wanted him. Of course, I put up a fight, but he won. That 1 year of being his father taught me how to love unconditionally. We have to stop and be thankful for our children and children should stop and be thankful for their parents. What I truly learned most of all is, every child needs love. Save thousands of children and meet me while doing it."
The post ended with a link to a site where you could purchase a t-shirt, claiming that proceeds from the sale would go to the Orphanage Home Foundation and win you the opportunity to spend the day with Ryan Gosling. Not only does the Orphanage Home Foundation not exist, but you're probably not going to get the shirt or a day with Gosling if you enter.
However, this was all enough to gain the attention of at least over 930,000 people, who all liked the post. Although some people in the comments did try to inform everyone else that the Facebook page was fake, the feed was still rife with positive comments like, "Imagine how pissed off you would be if you got to adolescence and realised that your dad could have been Ryan Gosling" and "This just makes him even sexier."
Still, can you really blame people for believing that Ryan Gosling is the type of person who would adopt a baby and learn such a charming lesson from the experience? He is the face of the Feminist Ryan Gosling meme, after all. Not to mention he was Noah Calhoun in The Notebook and the only man in the world who can look that good in sweats at the airport. The only thing that would have surprised me if the story had turned out to be true would have been how none of us had discovered it before he told us.
So while Ryan Gosling would have made the most adorable father in the world, if his movies and interviews are anything to go by, it's best not to believe everything you read on the Internet. And when Ryan Gosling does finally have or adopt a child, I'm sure we'll all rejoice. Or cry because we didn't get to help. Whichever.