This hoax has gone viral, and they are using my Photoshop work!

I am part of an urban legend! A hoax has gone viral in the last few days about KFC using mutant chickens. One of the photos they are using is something I created in Photoshop. Naturally they didn’t ask my permission or credit me. However, I think this will backfire because I have the evidence that I made it, and I like to dismantle hoaxes. In the gallery above you can see some of the stages I used to create my original mutant chicken.

Below are a few sites using my image for their hoax, which they are doing merely to gain hits and make money off of advertising.

Here it is on  Planet Infowars.

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Why, that’s MY chicken being used to perpetuate a hoax!  Click to go to the page.

Below on Daily Viral Buzz. Note all the paid advertising they have going on in the right sidebar. I commented on their Facebook page that I made the graphic, but nobody responded. Yeah, I’m not making a penny off of this.

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Here it is on “Daily Viral Buzz” where it shows over 33,000 Facebook likes.

Business Insider had the good sense to decry the story as a hoax, but never bothered to find out where the image they featured came from, which would substantiate that it is a hoax. I’ve written them two emails and made two comments on their post. They refuse to acknowledge me. It’s all about getting hits and money from advertisers. Well, not for me, I don’t have any advertisers and get no money for hits.

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Here it is on Business Insider. They just ignore my request to credit me or take off my image. It’s all about making money.

So, as this story makes its rounds all over the world, the gallery I included here, showing several stages of my process of making the mutant chicken, proves that I am the source of that image, and it is a HOAX.

For the record, I created it for a lesson on how to identify hoaxes, which I taught to my university English students in China. The clincher that it was a hoax was that I had made the mutant chicken myself in PS. I wrote a post about that here: Mutant chickens raised from stolen KFC “chicken factory” eggs?!

I also wrote a post about that post being my most popular one here: Is this mutant chicken my claim to fame?!


19 thoughts on “This hoax has gone viral, and they are using my Photoshop work!

      1. The important thing for them isn’t facts or what is true or not, it’s HIT”S, pure and simple. They refused to respond to my email asking them to credit me for the image or take it down, because now when you search Google images and you find my image, it goes to their site. So, they stole my traffic, which is why they won’t respond. They know it’s wrong. What can they say?

  1. Today a head of the meat department where I work told me about this story. Because it was from a man who works with flesh meats for a living, I felt for it. He really believed it himself. Live and learn.

  2. I find it ridiculously funny how people spread these hoaxes on FB and other social media sites without even checking facts. Just shout OMG and then swear off chicken (or whatever the hoax is about) forever. Then scaring other people into doing the same. The sad fact, it can lead to people losing their jobs. That’s why I never bother to forward a hoax someone else sends to me. More to the point, I like to point out to them right away how and why it’s a fake. Thanks for the information.
    Hope you don’t mind if I use the photo next time I want to rant about hoaxes on my site.

    1. You’re very welcome. I have mixed feelings on hoaxes. I don’t like this kind of hoax, but I like doing hoaxes that punk the art world, which means there are no real victims other then someone’s pretentiousness.

      Sure, feel free to use the image for rant about hoaxes. I agree with you on fact checking. Snopes is always a good place to look (if you look up the KFC mutant chicken, they actually have my Photoshopped chicken there, but, er, didn’t credit me). What surprised me with a lot of information, myths and hoaxes is that people don’t even bother to check Wikipedia. Oh well.

      Have a good one.

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