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'Gay Girl in Damascus' Hoaxer Tom MacMaster Speaks to the 'Guardian': VIDEO


Tom MacMaster, the American from Georgia now living in Scotland, and the hoaxer behind the fake 'Gay Girl in Damascus' blog, speaks to the Guardian about the reasons he deceived people.

MacMaster compares it to writing a novel, and said it allowed him to tell the story of the Syrian uprising without someone asking him, "Why do you hate America?" He says he chose a lesbian identity because it was "a challenge" and says he was expecting to get only 20 hits.

Adds MacMaster: "I also have to say that I Like the light, and my own vanity is, if you want to compliment me, tell me you like my writing, and that's something that certainly, you know, the fact that I had people say 'you're an incredible writer'...that's how to make me happy."


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  1. Just reading the few lines above-
    This guy cannot really believe that we would buy it

    All calculated
    & above all thinking he would ONLY get 20 hits?


    In this day & age?

    Please Mary

    Posted by: deen | Jun 14, 2011 9:35:57 AM

  2. This type of mental illness needs a name... like blogophrenia or something like that.

    Posted by: nodnarb | Jun 14, 2011 9:46:22 AM

  3. So there it is, he just wanted people to kiss his ass for his writing style, consequences of his hoax be damned. A punch in the throat is the least he deserves.

    Posted by: Henry Holland | Jun 14, 2011 10:11:51 AM

  4. He's arrogant, narcissistic and smug.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jun 14, 2011 10:20:33 AM

  5. I may be wrong, but I seem to remember reading that a member of 'her' family (father, brother, not sure) was interviewed & said that the family was confident she would be released because other members had experienced similar harrassment & even detention in the past. How far was MacMaster prepared to go? Anonymity on the internet allows one to broadcast anything without accpeting any personal responsibility. Does this guy have a job? Because boy, is this sorry saga proof positive that the devil makes work for idle hands.

    Posted by: Leroy Laflamme | Jun 14, 2011 10:22:31 AM

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