America woke up on Tuesday to the harsh fact that "Diane in 7A," the terrible Thanksgiving travel villain who launched a thousand retweets and too many Internet think pieces, was all a sham. It's a made up tale from a man who a makes a living selling made-up tales as real life on network television.
Elan Gale, the Bachelor producer who tweeted about his alleged encounter with a rude airline passenger on Thanksgiving, sort of came clean about what really happened on Twitter last night:
Here is Diana sitting in a chair pic.twitter.com/OE5q7j8dhr— elan gale (@theyearofelan) December 3, 2013
The entire Gale-Diane fictionalized fight is just the latest example of how the Internet has revolutionized the way we can be idiots about things. It's not unlike the waitress who alleged that a family she was waiting on wrote a homophobic comment on her receipt and left no tip, though the family in question has credit card bills that say otherwise. Thanks to social media, it's now easier than ever for people to cry wolf and gain an audience. Rest assured though, there is one truth that Gale has taught us in his fake tale of a terrible monster: Self-aggrandizing internet trolls really do exist.