A recent story by British newspaper “The Sun” about a so-called “Devil Boy” has received tons of backlash and hateful comments and calls for the story to be pulled. The Huffington Post reported on July 29, 2014, that the front-page story of the “Devil Boy” by “The Sun” has led to many people being overly angry with the publication and even had Members of Parliament calling for its removal.
People jumped on Twitter and other forms of social media to accuse the newspaper of “going on a witch hunt” after the story titled “Boy, 4, Has Mark of Devil” printed on their front page.
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The story told of a young child named Samuel Jones who supposedly has the “devil mark” on his chest. The story continues with his mother Sharon saying that her child has clearly been cursed by an evil spirit and that the mark is not a birthmark or something else.
“Just looking at it made me shake thinking something unnatural had visited my boy,” the mother said.
“Something or someone made the sign on him but we just can’t explain how.”
The IB Times reported that conservative MP (Member of Parliament) Sarah Wollaston was one of the many that thought the article was in poor taste. She tweeted:
“@TheSunNewspaper should pull their damaging front page story with photo of a child. He does not carry ‘mark of devil’ he is a real child!”
The family says that they are “desperate for the truth” and want to know what has caused the mark. They say they’re “confused and frightened” by the mark on the “Devil Boy” and don’t know what a curse has come upon their family.
Since posting the article online on July 28, 2014, “The Sun” has had the article appear sometimes and other times, it hasn’t. It doesn’t look as if they’ve pulled the article, but high traffic does cause an error at times.
Numerous other tweets and social media messages said that the newspaper was “literally demonizing a child on its front page.” Others state that the editor is “bullying and harassing” Samuel by posting the story.
So far, “The Sun” has not released any type of response of comment to their story or the backlash that has come their way. Still, the “Devil Boy” story remains online and can be seen by anyone that wishes to read it, but it’s not stopping the hatred.
One of the most genius responses so far has been that of photographer Matt Cooper (@Smooth) on Twitter. He posted a tweet saying, “No. Sadly he has as burn from a hairdryer,” and posted a pic of a hairdryer with a heat element identical to the “devil symbol” on the boy’s chest.