It was a Thanksgiving-themed story that seemed too good to be true. Turns out that was exactly the case.
Last weekend, Bachelor producer Elan Gale seemed to stumble onto Twitter gold by live-tweeting his experience with a rude woman simply called “Diane” on a flight to Los Angeles. Upon seeing the elderly woman mistreat the plane’s staff, Gale engaged “Diane” in a round of note-passing that quickly escalated with Gale telling the woman to “eat my d#@k.” While Gale’s account both received widespread media coverage (including from this publication ) and positioned Gale himself as a quasi-Internet folk hero, a swift backlash painted his behavior as little more than self-righteous bullying.
Now, as it turns out, this whole hullabaloo was all for nothing. Via his Twitter account, Gale revealed that “Diane” did not exist and the whole incident was merely meant to be a joke.
This isn’t to say that the validity of Gale’s story was never called into question, with several outlets pointing out that he’d “live-tweeted” similarly outrageous, too-good-to-be-real stories in the past.