By Michelle Garcia
Originally published on Advocate.com February 15 2014 6:17 PM ET
Two Long Island, N.Y., radio DJs apologized for setting up a hoax that spread all over the internet, in which a homophobic mother hatefully declined an invitation to a birthday party for a child whose parents are gay.
Steve Harper and Leeana Costa, hosts of the K-98.3 Morning Show, posted the note on Thursday on their show's Facebook page.
“I do not believe in what you do and will not subject my innocent son to your ‘lifestyle,’” the note read. “I’m sorry Sophia has to grow up this way. If you have an issue or need to speak to me.”
K-98.3 assured its followers that the mother had given the station permission to include her phone number in the image, “and said anyone who has a problem with what she wrote can call her, too.”
Harper and Costa apologized on Friday for perpetuating the fictitious invitation.
"This story was, in fact, totally fictitious, and created by the two of us," the hosts wrote on the show's website on Friday. "This was done without the knowledge of K-98.3 management or ownership. We were attempting to spur a healthy discourse on a highly passionate topic, but we made a mistake by misleading our listeners into thinking that this specific situation actually existed."